This week marks the celebration of Veterans Day and the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). This is a week to honor and thank all Veterans, and those currently serving, for their efforts in protecting our great nation as a part of the United States’ armed forces. This occasion also gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the role of dentists in the military. Many people may not realize that maintaining the American militia requires a wide variety of professionals, including dentists. Caring for soldiers’ teeth and gums is an important duty.
In honor of Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday, Dr. Griffin and his team would like to share some interesting facts about Veterans Day, dentistry in the military, and The United States Marine Corps.
-Veterans’ Day, a day that was originally called Armistice Day, is a time to thank and honor the men and women who have served in our military.
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the official legislation for Veterans’ Day on June 1, 1954, changing the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day
– There are approximately 6,200 dentists in the commissioned dental corps of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service and in the Veterans Administration.
– The U.S. Navy Dental Corps was established on August 22, 1912, when the second session of the 62nd Congress passed an act (later signed by President Howard Taft) establishing the Dental Corps.
– The Naval Dental School opened on February 3, 1923, as the Dental Department of the United States Naval Medical School. In 2001 the Naval Dental School was renamed the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) and is now part of the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center.
– In 1901 the Army authorized 30 contract dentists for an Army wide program of dental care. Ten years later in 1911 these 30 contract positions were converted to commissioned officer positions and The Army Dental Corps was established.
– The U.S. Air Force Dental Corps was established in 1949. It is one of the five corps of the United States Air Force Medical Service.
-There are 23.2 million veterans in the U.S.
-Veterans’ Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving our country, or as a result of injuries that incurred in battle. Veterans’ Day honors and gives thanks to all veterans who served in our military.
-There are five states with over 1 million veterans in their population – California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania
-The US Marine Corps is older than the United States itself, predating the Declaration of Independence by a year.
– Though the Marine Corps is considered one of the four branches in the Department of Defense, it is actually a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy.
– The Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis,” was adopted in 1883 as the official motto. It is Latin for Always Faithful.
We, here at Paul A. Griffin, DDS, are so thankful for all who have and are currently serving in the U.S. and overseas!
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