Columbus has a rich and storied military history. A variety of military experiences throughout the city highlight the vital role Columbus residents played in our nation’s conflicts, dating back to the Civil War. Plus, Columbus is the only place in the country that has a single facility that honors all veterans and their families, past and present, from all eras of conflict and branches of service at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM).

This Veterans Day, Ohio’s capital offers a number of events and activities to honor and celebrate the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made for our country. 



Veteran images at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio


Central Ohio Veterans Day Parade

Thursday Nov. 10 | Noon | Downtown Columbus

Ohio MilVets has been hosting the central Ohio Veterans Day Parade for more than 35 years, and this year is extra special as the community welcomes home veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The parade begins at noon with a military plane fly-over at Nationwide Plaza and N. High St., proceeds south on High St., and turns west on Broad St. before ending in front of NVMM. Attendees can see and hear a Civil War cannon on the statehouse lawn, and don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots - the parade marks Santa's first visit to Columbus this holiday season. Get additional details here.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 11 | 11 a.m. | National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Join the Master of Ceremonies and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Drew Carey to honor and celebrate the selfless service of millions of Veterans who have defended our freedoms. Hear from Gold Star child and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Joe Walsh, as he shares his story and David Kim, U.S. Army Veteran, “Military Times” Veteran of the Year and CEO of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, will share the keynote message. Find more details here.

March Through Time

Saturday, Nov. 12 | Ohio History Center

Reenactors at Ohio History Center will share the rich military history of America, from the middle ages to modern day. Hands-on activities, miniature war gaming and more family-friendly activities will be available. Learn more here.

VetsAid at Nationwide Arena

Saturday, Nov. 13 | 3 p.m. | Nationwide Arena

VetsAid 2022 will feature sets from a newly reunited James Gang (Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters) for a final performance, or One Last Ride,” with special guests Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys and The Breeders. Get tickets, here.

Discounts & Freebies

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Zoo is offering free admission to all who are serving and have served, including their immediate family members, on Nov. 11.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

NVMM welcomes everyone free of charge on Nov. 11.

Experience Columbus Visitors Centers

Veterans and active military receive 20% off on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Arena District location and Friday, Nov. 11 at the Easton location. 

Calling All Veteran-Owned Businesses

We are seeking out local veteran-owned businesses in Columbus. If you own one or know of one, please send our way!

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