Honoring Their Heritage
Generations of Americans have built upon the promise made by President Abraham Lincoln: To care for our veterans long after their service to our nation has been completed.
We Work …
. . . To Preserve the history of the Dayton Soldiers Home, now The Dayton VA Medical Center Campus
. . . To Inspire those everywhere to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans
. . . To Educate young and old alike about the rich history of these sacred grounds.
The American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC) honors the accomplishments of veterans while preserving a priceless piece of national and local history – the Soldiers Home located at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. We invite you to take your place in history by joining us in this mission.
The scope of our activities include historic preservation projects, events, tours, and our festival, “The Patriot Freedom Festival,” which is held annually on the weekend before Memorial Day at the Dayton VA for the benefit of the on-campus as well as off-campus veterans, their families, and the community.
The American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC) is a non-profit, (501c3) corporation located in the historic Putnam Library, (Bldg. 120). We are not a government agency nor affiliated or supported by the Federal Government.
Patriot Freedom Festival
The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival will be held on the campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center this year on May 25-26. The Festival offers a family-friendly weekend event on Memorial Day weekend and it is open to the public with free admission and free parking! The Festival features live entertainment, historical reenactments, children’s activities and food vendors. To learn more about the Festival, or for volunteering opportunities, click here
Download flyer (PDF) – 2019 Patriot Freedom Festival Flyer
Buy a Memorial Brick, leave a legacy. Support our mission.
You can support our mission and commemorate members of your family and others who courageously protected our country by participating in the Defenders of Freedom Memorial Brick Campaign.
The campaign is a tribute to veterans who served in the military, and individuals who provided support services, keeping our country safe and free.
Your bricks will be placed along walkways around the Garrison Flag that is centered on the grounds of the historic Dayton VA Medical Center – one of the three original Soldiers Homes that became VA centers. The flagpole is located near the Dayton National Cemetery.
The historic Grotto Gardens at the Dayton VA Medical Center is front and center in a new national exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. from January 31 through October 15, 2019. The exhibit, Celebrating New American Gardens, showcases 21 gardens from...
We're in the planning stages for our biggest event of the year - the Patriot Freedom Festival. This year, it will be held May 25-26 and we need volunteers! If you help out with any part of the event, we'd greatly appreciate it. Plus, you are guaranteed to have a good...
AVHC is happy to announce that Glenn Costie is our new president. Glenn is the former CEO of the Dayton VA Medical Center and is currently Chief of Veteran Services at Ohio's Hospice. Please take a moment to welcome Glenn. And let's also take a moment to give a hearty...
Today we celebrate the legacy of an American hero, Martin Luther King, Jr.
The interior of the Putnam Library is full of beautiful detail, highlighting the need to restore this historic structure.
4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324
Hours of operation
Monday through Friday
9AM to 3PM
or by appointment
Office: (937) 267-7628