Mark it on your calendar!

Make your plans to attend our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival! This is our major event every year and every year it gets better. We have a lineup of entertainment, events, activities, reenactors and vendors to be matched by no other events in our area – and it is FREE ENTRY – FREE PARKING! Visit our website for the list and bios of our entertainment and watch for updates.

As of this writing – we have joining us, the 101st Airborne WWII Reenacting Association; James Crabtree as Abraham Lincoln; Gary Chambers as General Robert E. Lee – Herb Pfaff as General Ulysses S. Grant – Rick Williams as General George Armstrong Custer – Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Richard Montgomery Chapter – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Jonathan Dayton Chapter – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) William T. Sherman Camp No. 03 – G Co. 3/505th PIR (Pathfinder, 82nd Airborne Division; League of WWI Aviation Historians – Fifth Independent Battery of Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery (aka “The Fifth Ohio Light Artillery, LTD”), with artillery demonstrations causing the big BOOM sound you will hear during the festival – League of WWI Aviation Historians; Wayne Coltier, Third Army Living Historians Group; Ken and Kristen Hoelscher, WWII Reenactor and more!

FREE ENTERTAINMENT!

Our line-up of entertainment is continuous on two stages from 11AM – 6 PM both days. It includes Gospel, Country, Blue Grass, Rock & Roll, Blues, Patriotic, Classic Marching tunes, Contemporary Praise & Worship.

List of Entertainment:

  • 4 Freedom Equestrian Team
  • As We Crash
  • Charles Kennedy-Gospel Guitar
  • Courtney Wise – Singer/Guitarist
  • Dayton ASALH/DLAMC-DEA Essay Contest w/Abe Lincoln
  • Eric Loy
  • Far From Eden
  • Funny Bone
  • Kettering Civic Band
  • Margaret & the Magnets
  • New Mountain Heritage
  • NoT ThaT BaD
  • Roja (Belly dancing Troupe)
  • Still Standing
  • Stirred Not Shaken
  • Stivers Jazz Quintet
  • Stonecreek
  • Switch 2
  • The Marshalls
  • The Vibe
  • Unified Christian Men’s Chorus

OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO!

Freedom 5K Run/Walk/Roll VA 5K Saturday May 23, check-in and Registration: 7:00 am – 8:00 am in Building 305 (Recreation Building), Theater. You will literally run through the living history of the VA that began in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War (aka, the War of the Rebellion) in 1867. This beautiful rolling campus has many historic buildings that are on the National Registry. The course winds you past The National Cemetery and through the ghosts of times past when nearly 7,000 Civil War Veterans called “The National Asylum” home. For more information and online Registration: www.active.com or www.keysports.net or www.americanveteransheritage.org or call 937-267-7628.

The Miami Valley Military History Museum will be open during the whole weekend. Located in the historic Putnam Library – Bldg. 120, displays begin with the Revolutionary War, and include the history of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (commonly called the “Soldiers Home” which is now the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center), and continue through the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Operations DESERT STORM, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) such as Grenada and Panama.

Carolyn Johnson Burns – Genealogist/Historian As a volunteer genealogist for the Dayton VA Medical Center, Carolyn does military research and historical research regarding the National Military Homes. Carolyn is publicity officer and webmaster for the Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and a member of several genealogical and historical societies. Some of her work was highlighted in the book titled “Hey, America; Your Roots Are Showing,” by Megan Smolenyak, author and consultant for the popular TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Come to the Putnam Library during the Patriot Freedom Festival to meet Carolyn and discuss your ancestry with her! Free online look-ups during the festival!

Ceremony Honoring Native American Veterans – 5PM on Friday, May 23rd, there will be a ceremony in the Dayton National Cemetery honoring all Native Americans who have served in our Armed Forces. The cemetery will be blessed by a Medicine Man from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Honorable Judge Walter H. Rice will provide remarks, after which there will be a selection of names read of Native Americans who have earned valor awards such as the Medal of Honor, Silver Star and Bronze Star. Cherokee and Oglala Sioux speakers will translate the service in their native tongues, and the service will conclude with the dedication of a memorial marker honoring Native American veterans.

Grotto Memorial Service – Saturday, May 24, 6 PM: *Grotto Memorial Service: Greater Dayton Christian Connection will host a 45-minute interfaith service commemorating the contributions and sacrifices of all veterans throughout our nation’s history. The service will include music, prayer, a short message and announcement of the Memorial Tree Program. Join us in the Grotto as the day’s activities draw to a close and reflect on the great gifts God has bestowed on our nation and the men and women who have given their lives to preserve it. Some seating will be provided, however, please feel free to bring your own blanket or lawn chairs for additional seating. (*Service will be moved to the Historic Chapel in case of rain).

Blue Star Mothers Miami Valley Chapter 3 “Flag Refresh” Ceremony at 11:30 AM on Sunday May 25 at the Gettysburg Gate. This ceremony consists of the ceremonial lowering of the year-old Blue Star Mothers Flag and replacement with a new flag. The 4 Freedom Equestrian Team Honor Guard attends, as well as Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Nurse Margaret.

Gold Star Wives of the Miami Valley Annual Memorial Service 1 PM on Sunday, May 25, 2014.in the Historic Protestant Chapel at Blue Star Mothers Miami Valley Chapter 3 supports Gold Star Wives with a Reception after the ceremony which includes refreshments. Please join us to honor our fallen and support our veterans! The ceremony includes a color guard, firing of the volleys and taps.

HISTORICAL CAMPUS BUS TOUR! – Enjoy a guided tour of the Historical Campus in an air-conditioned bus. The tour winds throughout the campus, down to the Grotto & Gardens with our Tour Guide, Margaret Kruckemeyer dressed in period Nurses Uniform. Tours are scheduled on Saturday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm and Sunday at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Sign up for the tour of your choice at our Main Welcome/Information Booth at the corner of Ohio & Kentucky Streets.

AND MORE… If you would like a Patriot Freedom Festival Program, please call our office at 937-267-7628 or email americanveteransheritage@aol.com to pick one up or request delivery by US Mail.

Events:
Saturday May 24, 2014, 8:30AM: 5K Freedom Run/Walk and/or Roll – registration is from 7 – 8:00AM. Download an event flyer from our web site. Call 836-7346 for more details.

Saturday and Sunday, May 24 – 25, 2014, 11:00AM to 6:00PM: 10th annual Patriot Freedom Festival – download an event flyer from our web site. Call 267-7628 for more details or to participate. Join us for tours, live entertainment and much more!