The Franklin County Veteran’s Memorial provides vital services to both Veterans and to the community.
The Franklin County Veteran’s Memorial provides vital services to both Veteran’s and to the community.
- Franklin County Veteran’s Service Commission provides Veterans with financial and housing assistance and employment counseling in coordination with the Ohio Job and Family Services
- With more than 145,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, banquet rooms, and a 3,916 seat theater, Vet’s Memorial serves the community through job fairs, high school and college commencement ceremonies, concerts and more
- It is the yearly venue for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival as well as bridal shows, home improvement and RV expos, dance recitals, Rock and Gem shows and more
The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Franklin County Commissioners plan to demolish the Veteran’s Memorial and may build a small, interactive military history museum. According to documentation, the CDDC does not have to improve the land for 20 years.
The small museum is supposed to honor Vets yet CDDC stated they do not know what will be done with the Memorial Plaques and memorabilia housed in the current Memorial. Veterans are offended by this.
Activities that regularly booked the Memorial, such as the annual Martin Luther King Day event, will be forced to find other venues. Some may have to leave Columbus due to inadequate auditorium space.
Videos from a public forum show Veterans prevented by City and CDDC representatives from speaking.
We strongly urge you to consider the following points
- The Veterans all-inclusive plan for renovation addressed fire suppression, asbestos, and electrical issues in a progressive, modern facility but this plan was shut out of consideration.
- The Veteran’s Service Commission is being forced to move from a 58 yr. old building to a 107 yr. old building with inadequate parking or handicap access.
- Veterans Memorial operated in the black for the previous three years but is being prevented from taking bookings this year by the city.
- Veteran’s Memorial was bought with bonds and built by Veterans for Veterans and the community.