This Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day, and we at Pediatric Dental Group honor our country’s vets. We salute the men and women who serve our country in every branch of the military, and we thank you for your service. We celebrate this important holiday by sharing its history and meaning and offering ways you can honor the vets in your life and throughout Hawaii and the U.S.
How Long Has the U.S. Celebrated Veterans Day?
Americans first celebrated this holiday in 1919. Back then, it was called Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson established the holiday one year after the end of World War I, recognized as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge made it an official, legal holiday. It wasn’t until 1945 that the name changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Since its inception, the country has celebrated Veterans Day on November 11 every year. Originally, the day was set aside to honor soldiers who fell in WWI for the bravery they demonstrated and the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. However, in 1945, through the efforts of a World War II veteran, the holiday was designated as Veterans Day to honor all men and women in service, rather than only those who died.
How Can You Celebrate Veterans Day?
Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1900 and a state in 1959. The bombing of Pearl Harbor is one of the most important events in the state — and the country’s — military history, but Hawaii has a long U.S. military history that began in the late 1800s before it was even named a territory. Take some time to learn about the following locations that have served important roles in the state’s military history:
• Barbers Point Air Station
• Bellows Air Force Station
• Camp Smith
• Hickam Air Force Base
• Joint Base Pearl Harbor
• Kaneohe Marine Corps Base
• Army Fort Shafter
• Army Schofield Barracks
• Wheeler Army Airfield
The military is important to Hawaii’s history and its present.
Our state is home to more than 42,000 active-duty men and women, along with approximately 9,400 who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. 112,000 citizens are war veterans. If you know a vet, show your appreciation with a kind gesture, such as giving a gift or card. Spend time with the veterans in your life. Even if you don’t know any veterans, you can send a thank you card or bake cookies and deliver them to a military post near you. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.
How Does Pediatric Dental Group Serve Veterans? At Pediatric Dental Group, we have always proudly served veterans and active personnel and their families from every branch of the military. We offer gentle dental care for children and provide family members with the information they need to meet their oral health needs. We welcome new patients to our family. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and see the difference in care at Pediatric Dental Group.