Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
Columbus’ Bicentennial Celebration Comes To A Close
The year-long Columbus bicentennial celebration drew to a close Wednesday. Mayor Michael Coleman, who presided over the closing ceremonies, described the year-long observance as a success.
$3.5 million in corporate funding paid for many of the events during the 200th anniversary year which officially began on February 14th, 2012.
Mayor Coleman created a bicentennial commission in 2008 to plan events to commemorate the bicentennial. Ty Marsh chaired the organizing committee.
â€œThis isnâ€™t an ending; rather itâ€™s the launching of Columbusâ€™ future. Weâ€™re going forth with pride, confidence and a can-do attitude that exemplifies the Columbus of today and the future,â€ Marsh said.
Mayor Coleman echoed Marshâ€™s sentiments, noting that Columbus was a city established by immigrants. He said that marking the cityâ€™s 200th birthday was tremendously important.
â€œThe reason why this bicentennial is important is because you donâ€™t know where youâ€™re going until you first understand where you come from. The past delivers the future,â€ Coleman said.
A centerpiece at the ceremony was a clear plastic time capsule filled with books about Columbus, a gold bicentennial coin, letters from school children and copies of the Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series produced by WOSU-TV.
February 14, 2013 marks the cityâ€™s 201st birthday.