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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.

Our mission

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.

About Us

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.

Other ways to donate.

Address

Building 120
4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428

Mailing address

AVHC
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324

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Hours of operation

Monday through Friday
9AM to 3PM
or by appointment

Phone number

Office: (937) 267-7628

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