Ohio Veterans Plaza

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Ohio Veterans Plaza

Ohio Veterans Plaza is a memorial on the east side of the Ohio Statehouse grounds, in Columbus, Ohio, commemorating "Ohio men and women who have served our country since World War II, as well as those who will serve in the future". Designed by John Schooley, the plaza features a lawn flanked by two Ohio limestone walls with inscriptions written by Ohio military personnel.

According to the Ohio Statehouse website, the inspiration for this piece is rooted in "an act of civil disobedience". In 1981, two Vietnam War veterans, during the night, placed a painted sheet of plywood on the Capitol grounds. They were about to be charged with trespassing, but the state senator, Richard Pfeiffer, intervened. This led to the legislature passing a bill to erect a permanent veterans monument.

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The plaza is meant to convey the background elements of the military parade ground. The walls of the plaza are inscribed with correspondence from veterans that were collected from across the state.

This site has similarities to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Designed by Maya Lin, the memorial features a long wall of black granite that includes the names of tens of thousands of service members who died during the war.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia and the Ohio Statehouse website

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