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.

The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival was a huge success.  Thanks to everyone who came out to visit, to the historical reenactors, to the food truck vendors, to the staff at the Dayton VA and to all of our AVHC volunteers.  We’ll be starting on the planning for the 16th PFF pretty soon.  If you’d like to volunteer, fill out the email form below.  

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.

160 Years Ago Today

160 Years Ago Today

160 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln gave his now-famous speech in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Dayton – very close to the spot where Mike Major's statue of Lincoln now stands. During the civil war, thousands of soldiers were wounded and one of...

Lincoln Statue Project Update

Lincoln Statue Project Update

AVHC and the Lincoln Society of Dayton are working with Mike Major Sculpture Studio to honor President Abraham Lincoln. One of Lincoln's final official acts before his death was to create what became today's VA, and Dayton was one of the first three sites. Mike's...

Patriot Freedom Festival was a Great Success

Patriot Freedom Festival was a Great Success

One final group of photos of this year's Patriot Freedom Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's PFF. Thanks to Bob Makely for the photos. And thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make the PFF a huge success this year. [gallery columns="2" size="large"...

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

On this day, when we celebrate our independence, let's all take a moment to thank those who gave of themselves to protect our freedom.

We’re Already Planning for 2020 PFF

We’re Already Planning for 2020 PFF

One final batch of photos from the 2019 Patriot Freedom Festival. Thanks again to Judd Plattenburg for the photos. We had a great time this year. Look for us in 2020! And remember, if you'd like to volunteer with the PFF or anything else that AVHC is working on, just...


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

Mailing address

P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324


Hours of operation

Monday through Friday
9AM to 3PM
or by appointment

Phone number

Office: (937) 267-7628

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