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Party with a Purpose

Party with a Purpose

Please join us for an evening of mirth and merriment as we partner with “Party with a Purpose!” Help us to honor our military heroes!  

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Inside the Protestant Chapel

Inside the Protestant Chapel

The Protestant Chapel, before and after. It took a lot of work to get the Chapel restored to it's original use. Today, it serves the spiritual needs of veterans on a daily basis. (Before photo courtesy AVHC volunteer Robert Makley)

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Lincoln’s Promise Event

Lincoln’s Promise Event

Thanks to everyone who joined us for today’s Lincoln’s Promise event at the historic Putnam Library at the Dayton VA. You can help us bring this memorial of The Great Emancipator to reality by donating to the AVHC or by purchasing a memorial brick.

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Susan Pearson- Master Gardener & Grotto Volunteer

Susan Pearson- Master Gardener & Grotto Volunteer

  Susan Pearson April 10, 1954- December 24, 2017   Below is an excerpt from the most recent Newsletter from the Montgomery County Master Gardeners- a loving tribute to Susan Pearson Afternoon all.  I have some sad news.  One of the original Grotto Garden...

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Dayton VA 150th Anniversary Celebrations

The Dayton VA is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year with events paying tribute to the Soldiers Home, the Veterans and their families who served and sacrificed for the past 150 years! Activities began in January and continue through December. Visit...

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13th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

May 27-28, 2017 – The Patriot Freedom Festival in 2017 celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Dayton VA Medical Center, which was then known as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The 2017 event, our 13th Annual Festival, will focus on 150 years of...

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Grotto Garden Party

Our Garden Party in the Grotto was a great success! Many came to discover the beauty of the Grotto Gardens at our “Edwardian” period party. Great food and entertainment was provided as well as a charming setting and distinguished company on a lovely afternoon. Many...

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12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

Our 12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is May 28-29, 2016 from 11AM – 6PM both days! The kick-off for the event is the Opening Ceremony, at which we will honor and recognize our “Women in the Military.” Throughout history women have not be recognized nor credited...

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Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation

Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation

  The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) will bestow its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation March 8 honoring an extraordinary example of teamwork between government and nonprofit organizations seeking a common goal. The...

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100 years ago…

Pancho Villa (5 June 1878-20 July 1923), a Mexican Revolutionary commander of the Constitutionalist Army’s “Division of the North,” was wreaking havoc against the Mexican Government. Villa is credited with decisive military victories in Mexica, leading to the ousting...

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2015 Reflections 2016 Goals

January is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year to come. A number of our American Veterans Heritage Center members were invited to send in their thoughts and we thank them for their submissions… Dennis Samic, AVHC, Executive Vice...

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Do You Know The History Of Veterans Day?

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or...

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What Will You Do On Veterans Day?

With Veterans Day just a week away, many are making plans to honor our veterans at various venues across the Miami Valley. What will you do on Veterans Day? Miami Valley Military History Museum 9AM – 5PM, Tours and Open House; located at the Dayton VA Campus on Ohio...

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“Getting To Know You”

Our volunteers have been hard at work! They set up information tables at many venues over the last month, to spread the word about AVHC and our activities and events, including the two 5K Runs we have on the VA Campus and the Patriot Freedom Festival. We are working...

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2016 Patriot Freedom Festival News

BREAKING NEWS! The THEME for the 12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is “Honoring Women Veterans.” Our purpose is to recognize and honor our women veterans throughout the history of our country. The Festival will begin with our Opening Ceremony at which several women...

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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...

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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...

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Charles Harper is Reunited with the Grotto Gardens

Some months ago, several of us were at the VA Archives doing some research when Tessa Kalman (the woman knows everything about the VA history) showed us a partial Dayton Daily News article about a member of the VA Grounds crew in the early 1980s. While clearing some...

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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...

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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...

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Welcome to the Dayton Grotto Gardens!

The Ohio State University Extension Montgomery Master Gardeners have worked very hard to bring the Grotto Gardens on the campus of The Dayton VA Medical Center (DVAMC) back to life. The Master Gardener Volunteers became involved in the Grotto Gardens restoration...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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