MORE: Jay Schmitt gave his dad a kidney, and 2 more years of life: 'I couldn't be any luckier'
“The park and statue will honor Lincoln’s legacy, serving as an educational focal point and a therapeutic, reflective and healing haven for veterans and their families who come from far and wide seeking treatment at the Dayton VAMC,” said Glenn Costie, who served as Dayton VA Medical Center’s director from 2011 to 2017.
“The new memorial will revitalize the Dayton VA campus, inspiring our community to care for those who have served our country and encouraging veterans to share their stories, experiences and wisdom with current and future generations,” DeFries said in the release.
The bronze statue is designed by award-winning Urbana artist Mike Major. It will depict Lincoln sitting with a pen in hand, with the legislation he just signed. Major also designed and created the Lincoln statue placed on Dayton’s Courthouse Square in 2016.
RELATED: Daytonians tap Urbana artist for Lincoln statue
The American Veterans Heritage Center is a non-profit, 501c(3) corporation that honors the accomplishments of veterans.