Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This Day in History August 21, 1988

Did you know there was a day set aside to recognize and celebrate senior citizens?  It happens to be today, and it was on this date in 1988, that the first ever Senior Citizen's Day was declared by President Ronald Reagan.  His words concerning that date were: “Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.” 

How should we celebrate?  Again, let's read President Reagan's words: "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."  Today would be a good day to spend time with senior citizens and help them.  They do make up a majority of our population, and about 80% of them do vote.  They are generally a segment of the population who not receive the credit they are due.  They are not respected and revered as young people are.  The amazing thing is that I would rather speak with a senior citizen about life and advice than someone my age or younger.  After all, they have lived a long time, and they probably know a whole lot more about life than I do.

Don't forget to thank a senior or help a senior today.  My mom is nearly 70, and she is more active now than when she was younger.  Granted, she may not be doing the same kinds of things, but that woman just does not stop.  In spite of pain, she works on our 5-acre property, and she often steps in and does things that I should be doing (but she won't let me help!).  She takes care of my daughter, and she does double the work since my dad either won't or can't help her.

Thank you, Mom!

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