As our nation commemorates Memorial Day, we solemnly remember the service members who have given their lives in defense of our freedoms. It’s because of their courage that we are able to live in the land of liberty and opportunity. Today, we honor them for making the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.
Although Memorial Day is observed in remembrance of our fallen heroes, I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to our nation’s veterans and all those who continue to ensure that we live in the land of the free, including dentists in the federal services.
President John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
In memory of those we’ve lost, in honor of those who have served, and in gratitude to current service members, our dental community can express its highest appreciation by giving back—whether it’s by volunteering to provide dental care to a veteran in need or by championing veterans’ issues, specifically for the millions of veterans who need essential oral health services.
This Memorial Day, as we reflect on the bravery of those who have given us so much, may we also strive to honor them through our advocacy and generosity.
Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S.
President, American Dental Association