Remarkable Ohio


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32-25 Birthplace of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Side A: On the evening of September 29, 1899, thirteen recently returned veterans of the Spanish-American War met in a tailor shop that once stood on this site. These men, all veterans of the Columbus-based 17th Infantry Regiment that had fought in Cuba, shared their memories of the conflict, honored their fallen comrades, and discussed issues of concern to all foreign service veterans. The organization that they formed that night, the American Veterans of Foreign Service, was the nucleus of a nationwide organization that became the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in 1914. The oldest continuing national organization for veterans’ affairs, the VFW traces its birth to this site in 1899.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Ohio, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: 286 E. Main Street, 
Location: On the N side of Main Street between S 5th Street and S Grant Avenue
Latitude: 39.9571760
Longitude: -82.9916280