On October 11, Peter Kramer, DO, of Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine was presented with an American flag in recognition of his ongoing care for a local family. The flag had been flown over Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in Dr. Kramer’s honor during Operation Enduring Freedom on July 4, 2013.
Dr. Kramer received the flag from Howard Drexler, a long-time patient and friend who is working as a civilian employee in Afghanistan. Drexler and his family moved to Wilmington in 2002, found Dr. Kramer almost immediately, and for the past 11 years, Dr. Kramer has been the primary care provider for the entire family.
“Dr. Kramer has taken very good care of my family,” said Drexler. “Having this flag flown in his honor and presenting it to him is just a small token of appreciation, a thank you for providing such wonderful care not just to me, but to my wife and daughter, as well.”
Drexler’s wife, Susan, presented the flag to Dr. Kramer at the Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine office, located at 1721 Allens Lane. The flag is folded and framed, along with a certificate of authenticity and two military coins, one American and one British – Camp Dwyer is run by both nations.
“I am touched that Howard would think of me while located in such a hostile territory,” said Dr. Kramer, who did not know that Drexler was planning to give him a gift. “I am grateful not just to him, but to all military and civilian personnel who serve our country.”
“I wish I could have been there to present it to him myself,” said Drexler. “I’m just thankful my wife was able to present it to him and that I had the opportunity to recognize Dr. Kramer in this way.”
Dr. Kramer opened Wrightsville Beach Family Medicine in September 2001. To learn more about the practice, visit www.wrightsvillebeachfamilymedicine.com or call 910.344.8900.