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.
We have just completed integrating the Grotto Gardens website with the main AVHC website. You can still use the domain name daytongrottogardens.org to reach the Grotto Gardens information. The Grotto Gardens volunteers will continue to update the gardens content on...
The Dayton Daily News published a nice article about the progress that we've made on the Lincoln Statue. There's also a nice video interview with sculptor Mike Major. And, Mike sent some photos of the sculpture being disassembled for shipment to the foundry. He also...
AVHC and the Lincoln Society of Dayton are working with Mike Major to create a statue that will honor Abraham Lincoln's founding of what is today's Veterans Affairs. Learn more about this historic moment and how you can help. Learn more here....
Sculptor Mike Major talks about his inspiration for the statue honoring Lincoln's Promise. Fundraising is underway. https://youtu.be/BfWY4sxLOQE
We are getting ready to start the major fundraising efforts for the statue commemorating Lincoln's Promise to those who served our country. Judge Walter Rice reminds us of the importance of their sacrifice....
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were wounded during the American Civil War. Thousands of them required ongoing treatment after the war. To be sure they were cared for, President Abraham Lincoln made the promise to “Care for him who shall have borne the battle.” On...
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"...
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Fairborn, OH 45324
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