An Everyday Patriot

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Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse thinks each day should be celebrated like Independence Day

By Molly Haines



Tomorrow may be Independence Day, but for at least one Owen countian, every day is the Fourth of July.

Local dentist Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse grew up around the red, white and blue and from the scrubs she wears to the year-round decorations in her home and office, Arnold-Morse said it’s a tradition she hopes will never die.

“Mom was the American flag person,” Arnold-Morse said. “She had them everywhere.”

Arnold-Morse’s father, Dr. C.C. Arnold, served as an Army dentist in WWII and the Korean War. A statue of a solider stands in Arnold-Morse’s office window on North Madison Street, a constant reminder of the service her father provided to the United States.

“When dad got sick it was D-Day,” Arnold-Morse said. “We went and bought the solider to celebrate D-Day and took it to him in the nursing home. He said he thought it looked a lot like him.” 

Arnold-Morse said her father was a strong American citizen, who laid the groundwork for her lifelong patriotism. 

In her home on Main Street, Arnold-Morse has a collection of red, white and blue nutcrackers, as well as an Americana themed bedroom and living room. Even the back of her home is painted red, white and blue.

Along with the solider in her office, American flag decorations adorn the walls and desks.

“My husband David is very patriotic too,” Arnold-Morse said. “He’s from a military family – the Marines. He has bought a lot of the patriotic stuff.”

Arnold-Morse, who considers herself a Constitutionalist and a patriot, said she has traveled to Washington, D.C. five times with the Tea Party group, where she has had her photo taken in many different venues for her outfits celebrating America.

“People don’t realize the sacrifices that have been made for freedom,” Arnold-Morse said. “I guess they’re too busy to care about it. But I’m the biggest cheerleader for God and country and I’ll continue to be till the last day I can.”

Although some people may not be as patriotic as they have been in the past, Arnold-Morse said Americans should continue to celebrate their independence on the Fourth of July and every day.

As for future patriotic decorating, Arnold-Morse said she hopes the front of her house will one day match the back.