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Following pandemic closure, Ohio's National Veterans Memorial and Museum to reopen

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum announced Wednesday it will reopen for weekend hours on Saturday and then the plan would be to reopen regular hours Wednesdays through Sundays beginning in March.

ADAM CAIRNS, COLUMBUS DISPATCH/TNS

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH | The Columbus Dispatch | Published: February 3, 2021

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which has been closed for two long stretches in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to reopen for weekend hours on Saturday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in February and will be open for one day of free admission on President's Day, which is Feb. 15. Guests will have to register for the free tickets on the museum's website, NationalVMM.org.

Officials say if all goes as planned, the museum will return to its regular hours for in-person visitors on Wednesdays through Sundays beginning in March. Visitors, including veterans (who can visit for free), are encouraged to reserve advance tickets online at the museum's website.

“Our building is equipped with a medical-grade air filtration system, and a dedicated staff ensuring social distancing along with rigorous disinfecting practices," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, the museum's president and CEO. "We are excited to once again share veterans’ inspiring stories in person with those who are ready to visit.”

The museum, on West Broad Street, closed in March of last year under the state's pandemic guidelines. It reopened in late June but closed again on Nov. 20 amid a new surge of virus cases.

Since then, it has been hosting a robust series of online programming, which includes a regular series called " Rally Point." Even though the museum will reopen on Saturday for visits, Saturday's Rally Point will continue as a virtual event that will stream on the museum's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 a.m.

It will feature a conversation with former Tuskegee Airman and retired Lt. Col. Harold Brown, from northern Ohio.

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