Almost 125 years have passed since that day, but the home’s mission has remained constant: to serve those who have served our nation and provide vital longterm care.
The Ohio Veterans Home’s leaders are celebrating a milestone year on Tuesday — the exact date of the home’s 125th anniversary — with a community celebration at 2 p.m. Anyone can attend. It’s free and includes refreshments.
• WHAT: Ohio Veterans Home 125th anniversary celebration
• WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesday
“Most people don’t realize what the home is until they walk inside,” said Kim Lewallen, a volunteer coordinator at the home. “The outside doesn’t really tell the story of who and what we are.”
The anniversary celebration will kick off with a brief presentation on the history of the home, as well as commentary and presentation of the colors from Ohio Veterans Home residents. Guests can then tour the facility, including its museum and newly renovated cemetery.
The event will conclude with an entertaining presentation from a hypnotist.
Several informational tables will also be available throughout the facility Tuesday for anyone interested in learning more about the Ohio Veterans Home’s rich history.
“We’re encouraging everyone to come out and learn something,” said Naomi Twine, an administrative assistant at the home. “But most of all we want to provide our residents and any veterans an opportunity to be part of the celebration.”
Stein Hospice and the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Advisory Committee coordinated much of Tuesday’s event, titled “125 Years of ‘Serving Those Who Served.’”