History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: National Veterans Memorial And Museum Opens New Exhibition

27 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, National Veterans Memorial and Museum

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.”

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened a new special exhibition this month — The Twenty-Year War: Our Next Greatest Generation — on view at the museum and the accompanying virtual experience through October 2. Derived from “The Twenty-Year War,” a book launched at the museum on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, Museum staff created this powerful exhibition in collaboration with book producer/photographer, Beau Simmons, and authors, Dan Blakeley and Tom Amenta, both former U.S. Army Rangers.

“We created The Twenty-Year War exhibition to share the unvarnished stories of service and sacrifice from post-9/11 Veterans, in their own words, on their journey of transition to a new mission in their civilian lives,” said Dan Blakeley. “I hope everyone who sees and interacts with this work will reflect on their own lives and consider how they can support returning Veterans eager to serve their communities.”


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Butler Elementary Honored For Commitment To Military Families

18 Jan , 2020  

Ohio State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced this week  that 94 schools across Ohio will receive the coveted Purple Star Award this school year. The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that demonstrate a major commitment to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces. One Richland County school, Butler Elementary, made the list. The full listing of awardees is available by clicking here. More…

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Gold Star Families Memorial Dedication

15 Nov , 2019  

A dedication ceremony for the Gold Star Families Memorial monument will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 AM in the courtyard of the Richland County Courthouse.  Prior to the unveiling of the monument, the program will feature keynote speakers Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima, and Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.  More…


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Assistance Available for Veterans Seeking Jobs in Ohio

10 Nov , 2019  

With Veterans Day approaching, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reminds Ohio veterans of the assistance available to them through the agency’s programs, including a recent law change that allows spouses of transferred military members to collect unemployment benefits if the move forces them to quit their job.

“As a military-friendly employer and the state agency charged with providing employment services to veterans, we understand many of the challenges military families face,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “We salute all veterans and military spouses for the sacrifices they have made.” More…


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Richland Countian Chosen For Ohio Veterans Hall Of Fame

11 Sep , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2018. These 20 inductees will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the twenty-sixth annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 8 for their post-military service. This class of candidates represents 13 Ohio counties and four military branches.

Including among the inductees is Navy veteran and Richland Countian Douglas Theaker. More…

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County Veterans Honored Through Highway Designation

19 Feb , 2018  

This past week, State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield announced the unanimous passage of legislation he sponsored through the Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee. House Bill 372 would designate a portion of Interstate Route 71 as the “Richland County Veterans Memorial Highway.”

House Bill 372 seeks to honor veterans from Richland County who have valiantly served in every major war, including eight Medal of Honor recipients. More…

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