Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day
National Senior Citizens Day is Saturday, August 21. Here at Charlesgate, we think every day is Senior Citizens Day! This annual observation is a great time to remind all people of the important position that seniors hold in our families, communities, and country.
Here is an excerpt from the proclamation President Ronald Reagan issued on Aug. 19, 1988:
Proclamation 5847—National Senior Citizens Day, 1988
“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.
“With improved health care and more years of productivity, 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. Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence, and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt—for their own good and that of others.
“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.”
“Senior citizen” is a description we all hope to achieve someday. We thank all the elders who teach us important life lessons, share their history with us, and light the path for our own aging journey. You are truly inspiring.