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.

15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

May 25-26, 2019  9 am – 6 pm. FREE ADMISSION. FREE PARKING.

Dayton VA Medical Center Campus.

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 historical reenactments, children’s activities and food vendors.  To learn more about the Festival, or for volunteering opportunities, click here

Historical Societies, Living Historians and Reenactors

  • 101st Airborne Division WWII Reenacting Assoc.
  • 27th Infantry Regiment Wolf Hounds
  • 32nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry
  • 5th Fifth Ohio Light Artillery
  • Carolyn Burns – Genealogist
  • Combat Outpost Robinson, Inc.
  • Company C, 48th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment
  • Darrell Dalton Historical Reenactments
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Jonathan Dayton Chapter,
  • The Dayton Doughboy, Jeremy W. Bowles
  • The Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad
  • Firebase TEXAS Vietnam War Living History
  • Frye, Jon WWI Historian
  • G Co. 3/505th PIR (Pathfinder), 82nd Airborne Division
  • Keeping the History Alive
  • Larry Galaske 1954 M37
  • League of WWI Aviation Historians
  • Lincoln Abe – James Crabtree
  • The Lincoln Society of Dayton
  • Miami Valley Chapter 97 Vietnam Veterans of America
  • The Ohio Motor Pool
  • The Ohio Valley Civil War Association (OVCWA), OIE/OIF display (Brent Melton)
  • Patriot Pinup Dayton
  • POW/MIA truck (Angela Gilliand)
  • Sister Anthony O’Connell Aux #10 Aux to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, (SUVCW) William T. Sherman Camp No. 93
  • Stonewall Jackson (Joe Owens)
  • Veteran Threads Non-profit
  • War at Home from Dayton Ohio, 1939-1945, The
  • Wayne Coulter, Third Army Living Historians Group
  • Other Attractions/Organizations
  • Barber Steve Adams Free Haircuts for Veterans
  • Dayton VA Medical Center Outreach
  • Miami Valley Chapter 97 Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Miami Valley Military History Museum
  • Patriot Pinup Dayton
  • Tony Waterfall’s Portable Disc Golf


Other Activities/Attractions

  • Barber, Steven Adams – free haircuts for veterans.
  • Saturday 4 pm Memorial service
  • Bus tours of the historic campus
  • Carolyn Burns Genealogist
  • Children’s Military Learning Experience with ” Tent Talks” by historical figures.
  • Children’s planting in the Grotto Gardens
  • Tony Waterfall’s  disc golf.
  • Ceremonies honoring our Veterans.


  • D Fish/D Chicken
  • D’s Treats
  • Kona Ice of Troy
  • Rib-n-It BBQ
  • Rolling Oasis


Each period reenactment group explains and teaches how our Veterans lived during their war-time, what they used, where they served. In addition, we have “Tent Talks.” Historical figures such as Abraham & Mary Lincoln, WWII Doughboy, Teddy Roosevelt will speak. One of our most popular activities is the (air-conditioned) Bus Tours of the historic Campus, given by our expert doecnt, Margaret Kruckemeyer, who dresses as a WWII Nurse. Be sure to visit the Miami Valley History Museum and tour the historic Grotto Gardens.

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.


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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