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.

The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival was a huge success.  Thanks to everyone who came out to visit, to the historical reenactors, to the food truck vendors, to the staff at the Dayton VA and to all of our AVHC volunteers.  We’ll be starting on the planning for the 16th PFF pretty soon.  If you’d like to volunteer, fill out the email form below.  

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.

Last Day of the Patriot Freedom Festival 2019

Last Day of the Patriot Freedom Festival 2019

The final day of the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is today. We're open from 9 am to 6 pm. Free admission and free parking. Each period reenactment group explains and teaches how our Veterans lived during their war-time, what they used, where they served. In...

Patriot Freedom Festival Starts Today

Patriot Freedom Festival Starts Today

Today's the day - the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival opens at 9 am at the Dayton VA. It's fun for the whole family. Free parking, free admission. What a great way to observe Memorial Day Weekend - learn about our history and the role our vets played in...

PFF Starts Saturday

PFF Starts Saturday

The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Dayton VA. There's so much to see and do, including all of these historical reenactors, historic societies and living historians. 101st Airborne Division WWII Reenacting Assoc. 27th Infantry...

Another Reason to Come to the PFF

Another Reason to Come to the PFF

Another reason to come to the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival May 25-26 is the Ohio Motor Pool. Many of the military vehicles on display at the PFF are courtesy of the Ohio Motor Pool. The Ohio Motorpool is a Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA)...


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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