Attendees of Saturday's opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum donned umbrellas and ponchos for a rainy ceremony celebrating the new museum in Columbus, Ohio. While former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others spoke on the stage, the new 53,000-square-foot museum designed by Allied Works Architecture hovered nearby. "Intersecting bands of structural concrete, arranged in three concentric rings, give form to the museum and bind the building to the site, holding the exhibitions," the New York– and Portland, Ore.–based firm notes in a project description. Below are a few highlights from the ceremony that were posted to social media.
We are so excited that Grand Opening day is here, and we couldn't be more honored to celebrate our country's veterans! We've started the day with the Veterans Service Organization processional. pic.twitter.com/9OcQY3NTDU— Veterans Memorial (@NationalVMM) October 27, 2018
“At this new museum, and with this motto to honor, connect, inspire and educate, it will help us all reflect on that experience of war and of service.” Thank you David Glenn for your words today in honor of your father. #NVMMopening pic.twitter.com/BFkS4hrDv0— Veterans Memorial (@NationalVMM) October 27, 2018
“This museum will be their teacher” - Robert Wilkie, Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs speaking on the effect that NVMM will have on our future generations. We are honored to have him here among so many veterans. #NVMMopening pic.twitter.com/SqlFT9CzUE— Veterans Memorial (@NationalVMM) October 27, 2018
“When veterans come home from conflicts, they deserve everything we can give them…but above all, our respect and admiration.” Thank you Gen. Colin L Powell for being here today, your stories were inspirational and we are grateful for your words. #NVMMOpening pic.twitter.com/piRitDd8Js— Veterans Memorial (@NationalVMM) October 27, 2018
The time has finally come to enter the museum and experience the pride, service and honor of our nation's veterans. Check our Instagram stories for some of our favorite features, and thank you to everyone who participated in today's momentous events. pic.twitter.com/eVsEFpxF6u— Veterans Memorial (@NationalVMM) October 27, 2018
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