COLUMBUS (WCMH)– On Veterans Day many people took the opportunity to visit the newly opened National Veterans Memorial and Museum in downtown Columbus.
“They certainly have complete coverage of what’s gone on in this country that’s for sure,” said Richard Neff, veteran.
To inspire and educate are two of the four pillars in which the National Veterans Memorial and Museum was built.
On this Veterans Day, many people came for different reasons but walked away with a common feeling.
“It was kind of awesome to see the videos of peoples’ real-life stories,” said Jacob Neff.
“All of those stories evoked a lot of emotions in me,” said Kathy Neff.
“It’s a lot different than what I expected, but also very fulfilling in the same aspect,” said Michael ‘Bow’ Deering, veteran.
Michael Deering, who goes by ‘Bow’ says his experience at this museum made him remember why he decided to join the military.
“When I enlisted, I enlisted basically just to honor all that have gone before me.”
He spent four years in the active Army and six in the Ohio Army National Guard.
Bow says not a day goes by that he doesn’t remember the people who came before him, and it’s why it’s important that he came with his kids.
“For me, this is the hardest day of the year for me because I’m a veteran of peacetime. I was in for 10 years but it was pretty much over peacetime. So I feel a little insignificant as a veteran compared to what everyone thinks when they look at a veteran, and it’s hard, but it’s a struggle that I need to confront.”
Deering said it helped to come to the museum.
“I’m still very proud to be a veteran even though it is of peacetime and I’m honored to be around so many fantastic people who are in the building today.”