Thank you, veterans. We appreciate you. As is common in the business sector, Northeast Delta Dental has greatly benefitted from the backgrounds of several of our employee colleagues who have had military training.
Veterans Day is a day to celebrate America’s veterans for their patriotism, their willingness to serve the national good, and the sacrifices they’ve made on the country’s behalf. Why do we celebrate Veterans Day annually on November 11? Although World War I, also known as the Great War, officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice—a temporary cessation of open acts of warfare by agreement between the Allied nations and Germany—went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Although Armistice Day was originally designed to honor World War I veterans, legislation passed in 1954 making November 11 a day to recognize American veterans of all wars for their bravery and self-sacrifice. We continue to observe Veterans Day on that date regardless of what day of the week on which it may fall.
In keeping with our belief that everyone deserves a healthy smile and because of the many connections between oral health and overall health and wellness, we’re committed to increasing access to dental care for veterans. We do this in several ways in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Our support includes establishing and funding new programs that provide high quality, affordable dental care to qualifying veterans and awarding grants to existing oral health outreach programs. We invest hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to ensure that more veterans get the dental care they need.
Let’s be mindful of what our veterans have done for us and our country, and, especially on November 11, say thank you to them and tell them how much they are appreciated.
For more information on the history and significance of Veterans Day, visit History of Veterans Day – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (va.gov).