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.
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.
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.
Honoring Lincoln’s Promise
Just before his death, President Abraham Lincoln made a promise to those soldiers who had been injured during the American Civil War. AVHC and the Dayton Lincoln Society are working with sculptor Mike Major to honor Lincoln’s Promise. Learn More.
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.
160 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln gave his now-famous speech in front of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Dayton – very close to the spot where Mike Major's statue of Lincoln now stands. During the civil war, thousands of soldiers were wounded and one of...
AVHC and the Lincoln Society of Dayton are working with Mike Major Sculpture Studio to honor President Abraham Lincoln. One of Lincoln's final official acts before his death was to create what became today's VA, and Dayton was one of the first three sites. Mike's...
One final group of photos of this year's Patriot Freedom Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's PFF. Thanks to Bob Makely for the photos. And thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make the PFF a huge success this year. [gallery columns="2" size="large"...
More photos from this year's Patriot Freedom Festival. If you're interested in helping plan next year's festival, we'll be starting soon. Message us to volunteer.
This year's Patriot Freedom Festival was such a great event. Here are some more photos from Bob Makely.
On this day, when we celebrate our independence, let's all take a moment to thank those who gave of themselves to protect our freedom.
We have some more photos from the Patriot Freedom Festival. Thank you Robert Makely for the photos. We'll share some of them over the next few weeks.
One final batch of photos from the 2019 Patriot Freedom Festival. Thanks again to Judd Plattenburg for the photos. We had a great time this year. Look for us in 2020! And remember, if you'd like to volunteer with the PFF or anything else that AVHC is working on, just...
We had such a great turnout at the Patriot Freedom Festival. Thanks to everyone who visited us, all of the historic reenactors and all the volunteers.
4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324
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