COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum is set to officially open its doors this fall.
Only NBC4 got a sneak peek inside at what visitors can expect. Organizers say not to expect a war memorial, nor a military museum, but a tribute to veterans and their families and the sacrifices they make in service.
One of 14 alcove installations you will find inside is called “Our Jobs.”
It is a 99-screen media installation showing the countless positions aboard an aircraft carrier, from the captain to the barber, all working together like a floating city.
“This aircraft carrier is the George H.W. Bush, it is the nation’s newest,” said Lt. General Mike Ferriter, the new President and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
The $75 million, 50,000-square foot museum features alcove installations and takes visitors on a journey through a number of veteran stories throughout United States history.
“There are war museums, there are service museums, but there is no National Memorial and Museum for veterans,” Ferriter said. “Some people asked why is it in Columbus, and the answer is, Columbus cared enough to do it.”
Inside the museum visitors, can expect to see not necessarily many historical artifacts, but a visual representation of military veterans lives and the sacrifices they make and their families make in service, from enlisting, to deployment, love and loss.
“To see and understand the journey veterans have taken,” Ferriter said.
In a country that at times may seem divided, Ferriter hopes the memorial and museum brings people together as Americans, the same way the service, turns military men and women, into brothers and sisters in arms.
“I think there is going to be a parallel in the sense of community, the sense of we are one, and what we do is important, for each other, we serve,” Ferriter said.
The museum will also feature a video booth where veterans can share their own stories, and leave a piece of themselves behind. The museum and memorial is scheduled to open this fall, possibly around Veterans Day.