The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is set for June 1, which means this spring is an ideal time for Loveland Area residents to identify some of the outstanding former service members who are excelling and making a difference in society.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue to contribute to our communities, state, and nation through exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public service, or philanthropy. However, it is up to the public – not the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame – to submit nominations, which are reviewed by the 13-member Hall of Fame Executive Committee that recommends up to 20 Ohio veterans each year. Final approval on each class comes from the Governor of Ohio.

Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Last year, the Hall of Fame celebrated the Class of 2023 during a public ceremony at Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center in Columbus. The Class of 2024 also will be recognized at that same venue this November. But first will be the matter of accepting nominations that illuminate outstanding service after service.

To be considered, the veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a past or current Ohio resident
  • Have received an honorable discharge
  • Be of good moral character

(Note: The Hall of Fame accepts nominations for those who would be inducted posthumously.)

You more than likely know a veteran who continues to serve selflessly in his or her post-military life – a former service member who is going above and beyond to impact others.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is home to more than 300 Medal of Honor recipients and more than 600 amazing men and women since its inception in 1992, including the likes of former presidents Ulysses Grant and William McKinley; astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and Kathryn Sullivan; legendary coaches Paul Brown and Woody Hayes; Academy Award-winning actors Paul Newman and Clark Gable; renowned judge and activist Sara Harper; and successful restauranteurs Bob Evans and Dave Thomas.

Still, you don’t have to be famous to be considered for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Honorees come from all backgrounds, eras, and branches of service, and nearly every county in Ohio has produced at least one Hall of Famer.

Again, the nomination deadline is June 1. Nomination guidelines, a sample of a completed nomination form and more information are available at our Hall of Fame Nomination page.

You can also learn more about the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and see the complete list of Hall of Fame inductees by going to the Hall of Fame landing page at

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