Greetings Fourth District Members,
November is a wonderful time of year. This is a month in which we reflect and give thanks for all that we have. We also recognize our military veterans for their service, dedication and sacrifice. November 11th is Veterans Day. This holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, holidays that are celebrated around the globe. November 11th is an important day in world history because it marks the end to hostilities on the western front of World War I. A congressional act was passed in 1938 declaring November 11th a national holiday in the United States, originally known as Armistice Day. Congress amended the bill in 1954 change the wording “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day” to honor all veterans, not just those that fought in WWI.
I, like many of our members, have a long tradition of service in my family. My grandfather fought in World War II, my father fought in Vietnam and my wife and I both served in the United States Air Force. I have a great respect for those that have worn or currently wear the uniform of our nation’s armed forces. They have fought and continue to fight to protect the freedoms that we so often take for granted.
We honor our veterans with various observances surrounding Veteran’s Day. As dental professionals, we offer a valuable service and we can choose to honor our veterans by improving their lives through dental care. There are many ways for our community to give back including the New York State Dental Foundation initiative, Veterans Smile Day. According to the NYSDF, the mission of this program is to “provide free dental care and support to military veterans as [a] small way of thanking them for their service. [The] hope is that in the process, veterans will find a permanent dental home for themselves and their families”. I applaud the Foundation’s focus on veterans and all of you who give back to our service members.
In closing, I want to thank all of the members of the Fourth District Dental Society for your support. We have accomplished much to the benefit of our members within the last year including a successful continuing education program, Saratoga Dental Congress, Golf/CE course, New Dentist Meeting and Women’s Dentist Meeting. Also, we have many great things planned for the year to come, as Dr. Richard Hoskinson assumes the office of President in January.
Seth T. Farren, DDS