This day was created as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements and the contributions they make to our communities and to the lives of so many. Our Senior Citizens are such a part of history, yesterday, today and tomorrow that they deserve more than just a day set aside for them. They have helped in many ways that we cannot even express our thanks!
On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. In his Presidential Proclamation, he said:
“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 — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.”
To celebrate this honorable National Senior Citizens Day, spend time with the senior citizens that you know, which may be your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbor’s friends, and anyone who may not have family of their own on this day. Let them know that they are special, appreciated and much loved.
Today, buy a cup of coffee for the Senior Citizen in line behind you, ahead of you or just say hi and smile and thank them. Maybe pay it forward and pick up a lunch tab of someone eating alone and making their day.
Today is also a good day to volunteer or just stop by a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor today.
Smile and say thanks today in honor of all our Senior Citizens!