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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.

Honoring Lincoln’s Promise

Just before his death, President Abraham Lincoln made a promise to those soldiers who had been injured during the American Civil War.  AVHC and the Dayton Lincoln Society are working with sculptor Mike Major to honor Lincoln’s Promise.  Learn More.

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.

Let’s Welcome Mark Murdock

Let’s Welcome Mark Murdock

Members of the American Veterans Heritage Center Board of Trustees attended the Welcome Reception of Mr. Mark Murdock as the new Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center. The reception was held in the Dayton VAMC hospital tower on February 18. Mr. Murdock retired as...

Statue is at the Foundry

Statue is at the Foundry

Things are on schedule with the Lincoln Statue. We are getting closer to installing it on the grounds of the Dayton VA. Sculptor Mike Major says that the statue is now at the foundry, Coopermill Bronzeworks, in Zanesville. Here's Mike's update about what will happen...

Grottto Gardens Website Update

Grottto Gardens Website Update

We have just completed integrating the Grotto Gardens website with the main AVHC website. You can still use the domain name daytongrottogardens.org to reach the Grotto Gardens information. The Grotto Gardens volunteers will continue to update the gardens content on...

We’re Making Progress

We’re Making Progress

The Dayton Daily News published a nice article about the progress that we've made on the Lincoln Statue. There's also a nice video interview with sculptor Mike Major. And, Mike sent some photos of the sculpture being disassembled for shipment to the foundry. He also...

Address

Tennessee and Gettysburg Ave.
Dayton, OH 45428

Mailing address

AVHC
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324

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Hours of operation

Open 24 hours a day

Phone number

Office: (937) 267-7628

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