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House committee votes to designate Columbus, Ohio site as National Veterans Memorial and Museum

By JESSICA WEHRMAN | The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | Published: November 3, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A key House committee has passed a bill to create a national veterans museum in Columbus.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed a bill that would designate the new museum being built in Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The bill was introduced by Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township and Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, but has been cosponsored by every member of Ohio's U.S. House delegation.

Stivers, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said he's hopeful the bill will be voted on by the full House. "I am proud to support this museum for all of the great contributions it will make for central Ohio and the veterans community across the country," he said.

Beatty said the bill passed the Veterans Committee unanimously. "Today, Columbus is one step closer to being the home of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and I can think of no better place to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans," she said.

"Our service members bravely answer the call to serve our nation," said Tiberi. "The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is just one way we can honor them and their families, and ensure future generations know about the many sacrifices they made for us."

The museum will be located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, and has been under construction since December 2015. When completed, the lawmakers said, it will be the only public museum of its kind geared toward sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.

jwehrman@dispatch.com

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Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speak in favor of Columbus, Ohio's selection as the museum site during a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in September, 2017.
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