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Travel Ohio, Honor Veterans
Ohio events, attractions and more than 300 travel discounts honor veterans, active military
10/31/2012

Media Contacts:
Tamara Brown, (614) 466-8591
Leslie Holbrook, (614) 383-1635

COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 30, 2012) - Ohioans have a long and proud history of dutifully serving their country during times of peace and war. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, offers an ideal opportunity to honor our military friends, family members and neighbors who have ensured our liberty, defense and continued freedom.

In salute to our veterans, the Ohio Tourism Industry is offering veterans, active military personnel and their families more than 300 discounts at lodging facilities, museums, state park lodges, attractions and more across Ohio at http://consumer.discoverohio.com/MilitaryDiscountResults.aspx

"Discounts to Ohio's great destinations and attractions are just small ways we can begin to say 'thank you' to veterans, military members and their families," said Interim State Tourism Director Pat Barker. "Veterans Day weekend is a great time for all of us to honor those who have served, and Ohio offers many great destinations to do just that."

In addition, there are several great Ohio destinations dedicated to honoring our military heroes:

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison
*Newly-designated National Historic Landmark*
During World War II, nearly 4,000 volunteers served free meals around the clock and provided moral support to 1.3 million soldiers who traveled through the Dennison Depot Salvation Army Servicemen's Canteen. The same homefront hospitality that the service members found during WWII still exists today. When you visit the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, you will be greeted in the lobby with a free hot cup of coffee and a cookie, in memory of all the soldiers who stopped there. Explore and watch the delight on children's faces as they climb in a caboose, send a telegraph message, explore the engine house, go on a scavenger hunt and more.

Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton
Just opened this year, the museum features World War II aircraft, such as a B-17 bomber, at the Erie Ottawa Airport in Port Clinton. The museum also features the "Tin Goose Diner," which operated as the Sunrise Diner in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania in the 1950s. All proceeds from the diner help fund the operation of the Liberty Aviation Museum.

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. The museum's galleries present military aviation history and boast more than 300 aircraft and aerospace vehicles from the days of the Wright Brothers to today's unmanned drones. An especially popular museum attraction is the storied collection of nine presidential aircraft. On Nov. 3, the museum hosts a free Band of Flight Veterans Day concert commemorating the lives of American soldiers who have served to protect the freedom of people all over the world with patriotic, live music. Museum admission and parking is free. Free tickets are required for the concert.

Motts Military Museum, Groveport
The Motts Military Museum utilizes donated uniforms, weapons, vehicles and personal effects to chronicle the stories of those who served in the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq War. The Medals exhibit showcases a medal given for the liberation of Kuwait and is the only Foreign Service award for the Gulf War authorized by the U.S. government to be worn by U.S. military personnel. The POW exhibit showcases a gas mask used by Capt. Sallie Durrett of the Army Nurse Corp while she was held captive from 1942 - 1945 in World War II. Personal tours are available with prior arrangement; military members receive free admission with their military I.D.

Ohio Veterans Home Museum, Sandusky
This military history museum features memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, as well as the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The museum also features an exhibit on Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay. The island is the site of a prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate officers captured during the Civil War and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The exhibit showcases Civil War uniforms and medals, and features a tank and cannon on display outdoors.

Monument Park and Trumbull County Veterans' Memorial, Warren Monument Park
Located on the east bank of the Mahoning River, the Veterans' Memorial features a reconstructed log cabin built on the site of Warren's first schoolhouse, circa 1804, and commemorates the lives and sacrifices of the area's local citizens in military service with a Veterans' Memorial wall. Built entirely by volunteers, the memorial includes a World War II statue and a Wall of Honor. The Wall is comprised of bricks inscribed with individual names of veteran service men and women.

Veterans Memorial Park, Marion
Open year-round, the Veterans Memorial Park is an emotional reminder that freedom isn't free. The park commemorates the service of men and women in the United States military and features individual monuments dedicated to each war in which the United States has fought. Established in 1985 and one of the first of its kind in the United States, the park also features a special memorial to honor women who served in the military or played an important role in assisting the United States military before women were allowed to fight in combat.

Ohio Valley Military Society Antique Show, Roberts Center, Wilmington, Nov. 2-3
The Ohio Valley Military Society (OVMS) is one of the oldest and largest military collector's clubs in the world and promotes the study and collecting of historic military artifacts. On November 2 and 3, the organization will celebrate Veterans Day with the OVMS Show that features a display of more than 400 tables containing military artifacts for sale from dealers and collectors throughout the Midwest and beyond. Visitors to the show may bring military relics to sell or to have them identified and appraised by an expert.

For additional ways to commemorate Veterans Day in Ohio, visit www.DiscoverOhio.com, follow us on Twitter @DiscoverOhio or 'Like' us on Facebook.

About the Office of TourismOhio
The Office of TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio's vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs contributed to an estimated $40 billion in sales from visitor spending in 2011. A part of the Ohio Department of Development, the Office's mission is to market and celebrate Ohio's unique travel opportunities and promote the State's outstanding quality of life.
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