The work this organization does is wonderful, the history of the Dayton VA and the veterans would be forgotten if not for the AVHC. I am happy to be a part of their efforts each year along with my equestrian team and I feel blessed to see the projects they have been working on, completed and ready for another generation to enjoy again.
I have been a volunteer with the American Veterans Heritage Center for six years now and have learned so much from the Veterans that I have had the privilege to meet and talk with. Those veterans that we serve and the campus at the Dayton VA has so much to offer. There is over 140 years of history on the campus of the Dayton VA and along with that history are so many individual stories of service by real hero's, men and women of our Armed Forces, that needs to be heard and preserved. The dedicated men and women of this organization have devoted so much of their time to see that those stories are told. It is an honor to be a small part of this group.
I am proud to be a volunteer with the American Veterans Heritage Center. Located on the campus of the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Campus, AVHC's mission is to preserve the history of our veterans through refurbishing historical buildings, recording veterans stories and sponsoring events that will include the community so that they may come to the campus and visit with our veterans who live there. AVHC has worked hard to bring our veterans campus activities such as the annual Patriot Freedom Festival, held the last weekend of every year. Also we have an annual Native American "Eastern Woodland Gathering" to honor all veterans. These and our other activities mean so much to the resident veterans; those who cannot leave the campus because of severe health reasons. The veterans would otherwise be isolated from the community. Other goals include education of our youth about the history of our veterans and their sacrifices, promote tourism in the Dayton area and encourage patriotism.