President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday, designating the veterans museum under construction in Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
House Bill 1900 was introduced with bi-partisan support in Congress from Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington), Joyce Beatty (D-Jefferson Township), and former Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Township), along republican Senator Rob Portman and democrat Democrat Sherrod Brown.
Lawmakers said the museum at 300 West Broad Street is going to be a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate Americans about the service and sacrifice of American's more than 22 million veterans. They said it's the the only public museum of its kind existing for sole purpose of sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.
"Americans from all over the country will be able to come to Ohio honor and remember the sacrifice and service of our nation's veterans at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum," Stivers said in a written statement. "I would like to thank all of the Members of the Ohio Delegation, as well as the Members of Congress from across the country who believed in this project and helped make this designation a reality."
"I am proud that the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act is now law," Beatty said in a written statement. "Columbus is the perfect place for this historic and awe-inspiring museum that will serve as a permanent landmark to so many brave Americans and as a memorial to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice."
Construction has been underway since December 2015. The museum is expected to open in the late summer or early fall.