Invitation to Veterans Day Dedication

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI

This month I will be turning my attention from clinical matters to a subject that is close to my heart. We are approaching the eleventh day of the eleventh month and at eleven am in the morning, our country will be turning their attention to celebrating Veterans Day. What used to be called Armistice Day commemorating the cessation of hostilities at the end of World War I, Veterans Day today is a celebration of all those who have sacrificed for the defense of their country. 

I have had the distinct honor of touring the American Cemetery in Normandy, France and also have toured Arlington National Cemetery in our nations capitol. I chose to locate my dental practice in Spring Lake, North Carolina because it was directly outside the gates of Fort Liberty (Bragg) and it would allow me to continue to care for those soldiers, retirees, and family members that I had the honor to treat during my fourteen years of active duty service.  During my service, I developed a strong appreciation for the stressors that are placed on our military families.  They are a unique group of people and I hope that the many I have treated have appreciated the level of dedication that I bring to each day that I spend in the clinic.

We will be dedicating a mural in Spring Lake, this Veterans Day, that is located on the wall of the Beattitude House on Spring Avenue. Our Spring Lake ceremony will actually occur on Friday, the 10th of November instead of the 11th. The mural emphasizes the relationship that Spring Lake has developed over the years with the 82d Airborne Division, America’s Guard of Honor. General Dan Allyn will be our featured speaker who is a retired Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army and a previous commander of the 18th Airborne Corps. I know he will have some meaningful insights to military service and honoring the country to we all love so dearly. If you have the opportunity, come join us for a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall of Spring Lake First Presbyterian Church at 10am, followed by the mural unveiling at eleven occurring just down the street. The ceremony will also honor veterans, active duty soldiers, retires and their families.

These dedicated citizens deserve our reflection on their service and I hope that you can be there to join us.