COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 20, 2020) – Just in time for Veterans Day, Ohioans can hit the road to honor military veterans and learn more about the state’s rich military history. Led by the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 10 Ohio museums that commemorate military history teamed up to create a Drive Ohio’s Homefront to Warfront Trail. From Troy, all the way to North Canton, the 500-mile trail offers 10 locations that pay tribute to the sacrifices made by American men and women throughout history.
"Throughout our nation’s history, Ohioans have repeatedly answered the call to serve to protect and preserve the freedoms we all enjoy," said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. "The Drive Ohio’s Homefront to Warfront Trail offers a great opportunity for all of us to pay tribute to our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country while also providing a learning opportunity for our families."
For those fascinated by military aircraft, priority stops would include the Maps Air Museum, the Waco Air Museum, the Champaign Aviation Museum and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which is the world's oldest and largest aviation museum. The trail, which kicked off in August 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end to World War II, also provides stops that focus on other aspects of wartime that include a hospital where wounded soldiers in WWII were treated, a railroad depot and a glass manufacturing museum.
"The beauty of the Trail is that you can plot your own course for historic family fun and do it at your own pace – in the safety of your own car," said Wendy Zucal, executive director of the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum.
The final stop of the trail concludes in Columbus at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the only museum in the country that honors each branch of the United States military,
While many events honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII were cancelled due to COVID-19, each of the museums have reopened to visitors. To protect the safety of its visitors the museums are following CDC guidelines. Specific information on safety protocols and hours of operation can be found on each museum’s website.
The Drive Ohio’s Homefront to Warfront Trail could easily be incorporated into other road trips created by Ohio. Find It Here. including the Foodie Road Trip, Charming Towns and The Scenic Route. For more travel ideas and inspiration visit Ohio.org and follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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