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Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument offers tunnel tours, veterans’ mental health fair

A view of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Cleveland's Public Square. (Tom Feran/

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, to tour the tunnels under The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Cleveland’s Public Square. Tickets are $5 and are limited. The tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30. All proceeds and donations will support monument projects, such as external architectural lighting.

The granite, marble and sandstone monument, built in 1893, is a historic landmark that honors those who served in the Civil War. It has a system of concentric tunnels and walls below ground that supports the weight of the monument. The Monument’s Memorial Room is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. year-round but with special guest guides available on the Tunnel Tour event dates.

On May 20, a Veterans’ Mental Health Fair at the monument will bring together regional mental health resources for veterans. The event will also offer an exhibit highlighting the regimental mascots of the Civil War.

A regimental mascot or military mascot is a pet animal of a military unit that serves as a mascot for ceremonial purposes or as an emblem of that unit.

The health fair and exhibit were inspired by Daniel Sterns, 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and his companion dog Harvey. Harvey was a reminder of home but also a comfort animal that grounded Sterns who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD.

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