MOAA's Ohio Chapter Takes Part in National Veterans Memorial and Museum Opening
From left, OCC Secretary/Treasurer and Ohio Western Reserve Chapter President Lt. Col. Ron Smetana, USA (Ret); OCC President Col. Dick Calta, USAF (Ret); and Central Ohio Chapter President Col. Tom Roberson, USA (Ret), bring in the OCC flag as part of the ceremony. (Courtesy of retired Lt. Col. Joe Machado, USA)
Seventeen members of MOAA's Ohio Council of Chapters (OCC) attended the grand opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. The members braved the rain and cold temperatures to take part in the ceremony, which included military leaders past and present.
The images of MOAA members in action below are courtesy of Lt. Col. Joe Machado, USA (Ret). Learn more about the museum here. MOAA spoke to Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, USA (Ret), MOAA member and museum president and CEO, prior to the opening; read highlights of that conversation here.
Rain or shine: Central Ohio Chapter member Capt. George Williams, USN (Ret), prepares for the ceremony.
A view of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which is now open to veterans free of charge.
Ohio Council of Chapters members proudly display the OCC flag.
Distinguished visitors gather on stage to take part in the opening ceremony.