AVHC News

Dale Huffman

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our friend and AVHC Honorary Trustee and supporter, Dale Huffman. HUFFMAN, Dale Myers, age 79 of Miamisburg, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Kettering Medical Center following many years of illness. Dale was...

read more
The VA grotto gets a makeover

The VA grotto gets a makeover

OSU Master Gardeners help with landscape projects (Originally published in the Dayton Daily News on Friday, July 5th, 2013) DAYTON — Volunteers at the Veterans Administration Old Soldiers Home facility on Gettysburg Road in Dayton are digging up the bones of a garden...

read more

2015 Patriot Freedom Festival

The 11th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival – held May 23-24, 2015 was a great success because of our many volunteers, reenactors, entertainers, and our vendors! We had an estimated 10,000 attend the Festival this year – much of that due to the advertising we did with...

read more

11th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

We cannot begin this newsletter without acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975. To all of our military who served, but especially those who served “in country,” we say a heartfelt, “WELCOME HOME” and “THANK YOU” for your sacrifice and...

read more

Focus On Our Volunteers!

Louise Stephens 1937 - 2014 Louise Stephens was a long-time volunteer for the Patriot Freedom Festival. She helped with so many different things, but the last few years, she was involved with the “AVHC Shop.” Louise knew more about the history of the Dayton VA Medical...

read more

State Historic Preservation Office Awards

Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit. One of the 2014 Preservation Merit awardees is the American Veterans Heritage Center and...

read more

Focus On Our Volunteers!

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our volunteers. Robert Kincses, a Marine Corps Veteran who is on our AVHC Board of Trustees as well as the AVHC Events Committee, is influential in bringing people together for a common cause. Robert has always been...

read more

Volunteer Recognized in Special Ceremony

Michael Turner, a Marine Corps veteran, volunteers with the AVHC Events Committee. Michael is well-known throughout the Dayton VA community as a veteran, a patient and a volunteer. Mr. Turner served in the Marine Corp. with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines Alpha Co. at 29...

read more

Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony

The Dayton VA Medical Center recognized its donor’s contributions to the Historic Grotto during the “Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony on Monday, August 18, 2014. The event was held in the Grotto near Building 320 in collaboration with the Greater Montgomery...

read more

Putnam Clean-up Project

Thanks to AVHC volunteer Doug Bahun, all the surplus books have been cleared out from the first and second floors of the building! Over the years we've given books away, had sales at the PFF etc., but it would have taken forever to move all these. Doug contacted Chip...

read more

Veterans Day DAY 5K Run/Walk/Roll – November 9

This 3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K at the Dayton VA is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 and starts at 2:30 PM. This will be the third year we have had this race in honor of Veterans Day and it will benefit the efforts of American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC). If you...

read more

Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony – August 18

The Dayton VA Medical Center will recognize its donor’s contributions to the Historic Grotto during the “Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony" on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM. The event will be held in the Grotto near Building 320 in collaboration with the...

read more

10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

Our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival was a milestone achieved. We had an estimated 6,000 guests who enjoyed music, vendors, living historians, food, and a beautiful weekend. We hope you were able to attend, but if not, you certainly missed a great event! The...

read more

Come to our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival!

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...

read more

Our Volunteers

Our dedicated volunteers are an essential part of our organization. The AVHC Events Committee works hard to bring events to the VA Campus. Our Board of Trustees is an all-volunteer group. We also have volunteers who work in the office a few times a week, and we have...

read more

History of Bldg 120 Putnam Library

The Patient Library, or Putnam Library, (Bldg. 120) was erected in 1880 and was originally used as the Quartermaster's Building. In 1891, it was converted into a library to house the Putnam and Thomas Libraries. Both Libraries were originally kept in the Headquarters...

read more

9TH Annual Patriot Freedom Festival Hailed A Success!

American Veterans Heritage Center’s 9th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival, which was held this past May 25-26, was enjoyed by approximately 4,500 guests and participants. We do hope you were able to attend. Be sure to mark next year’s calendar for our 10th Annual...

read more

Authors Book Signing April 27 At the Historic Putnam Library

On April 27 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Historic Putnam Library, (Bldg 120) on the grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center, the American Veterans Heritage Center and the Miami Valley Military History Museum will host twelve authors for our first Military Authors Book...

read more

Concert at Historic Band Stand

The 100-year-old Dayton Shrine Band came to the Dayton VA Band Stand to play for our Veterans and their guests. Over 70 people enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment. The program was distributed to all attendees, and special Recognition Certificates were given to our...

read more

Volunteer Service Recognition

Brent Davidson, our AVHC Events Logistics Chairman received an AVHC Certificate of Appreciation at the September Events Committee Meeting. Brent, a veteran himself, has been a volunteer with the AVHC Events for many years. Two years ago, Brent agreed to take...

read more

Community Covenant News

By Dennis Samic On Veterans Day 2011, the AVHC hosted a Community Covenant signing ceremony at the historic Catholic Chapel on the Dayton VAMC campus. This Covenant is document wherein Greene and Montgomery County leadership, including County Commissions, County VSO...

read more

Dayton VA Named National Historic Landmark

By Mark Conrad The Dayton Veterans Affairs campus has been awarded National Historic Landmark status! This culminates a 10+ year effort to obtain this important designation. It spans 51 buildings/structures and 266 acres, primarily dealing with those areas significant...

read more

Coming up: Eastern Woodland Gathering to Honor all Veterans

The AVHC is working hard, planning the 2nd Eastern Woodland Gathering! The Gathering Committee Chairwoman is Connie Ludwick with her sister Linda Ludwick as co-chair. Our purpose is to Honor all of our Veterans. This event is hosted by American Veterans Heritage...

read more

Patriot Freedom Festival 2012

The Patriot Freedom Festival held on May 26 at the Dayton VA was very successful with approximately 4,000 in attendance. We thank our sponsor, Hospice of Dayton for supporting the Festival again this year! Our activities included the Children’s Military Educational...

read more

Historic Home Chapel Rededicated

May 3, 2012, the Dayton VA Medical Center rededicated the Home Chapel after its remodeling. Invitations were sent and the Chapel was packed as guests celebrated the reopening of the beloved Chapel. Pam Elliot of Channel 2 was the MC with Congressman Michael Turner,...

read more
Click to Call