The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame exists to recognize the very special veterans in this state who continue to serve. But don’t delay submitting a nomination – the deadline is Monday, June 30 to submit nominations for this year’s class.
The purpose of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is to honor Ohio veterans who, after their military service is over, put their skills and abilities to work in their local communities – and by their continued service and positive accomplishments, inspired their fellow citizens.
“Selection to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors a veteran can receive,” said Tim Gorrell, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. “These veterans are our neighbors and our friends, the people who make a difference every day in their communities by doing all the things that need to be done. They’re the real difference-makers in our society, and I encourage all our citizens to take the time to nominate these very deserving veterans for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.”
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding veterans. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 20 years include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders, and veterans’ advocates.
The Hall of Fame Executive Committee, made up of veterans, serves as advisors for the Hall of Fame and selects not more than 20 inductees annually from nominations provided by all citizens of Ohio. Men and women chosen for induction into the Hall come from all eras, all branches of service and all walks of life. The members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display on the second floor of the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.
Honorees selected for this year’s class of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame will be inducted in a ceremony in Columbus on Nov. 6, 2014.
Additional information, nomination guidelines and forms, as well stories of past inductees, are available at: http://dvs.ohio.gov/veterans_hall_of_fame.aspx