National Senior Citizens Day is here once again, so mark your calendars for August 21. The day of recognition was established by President Ronald Reagan 26 years ago. On August 19, 1988, the President issued what’s known as “Proclamation 5847” to create National Senior Citizens Day. The date of celebration was then scheduled to fall on August 21 each year, providing a designated time to acknowledge the life-long contributions our nation’s seniors have made to their communities.
In Proclamation 5847, President Reagan stated:
“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute,” Ronald Reagan said. “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.
“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, president of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Aug. 21, 1988 as National Senior Citizens Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
For the senior caregivers, adult children, grandchildren and friends of older adults, a few celebration ideas for National Senior Citizens Day 2014 might include:
- Spending some extra time visiting with senior citizens
- Showing appreciation for seniors’ accomplishments and sacrifices, starting a dialogue that gives them a chance to share stories and wisdom
- Taking on various forms of volunteer work that support of the elderly, such as meals-on-wheels
If you are a senior citizen, feel free to take time and enjoy your day any way you’d like. It’s called National Senior Citizens Day for a reason, you know? For example, most large department stores offer an additional senior citizen discount on August 21st. This day is all about you and spending time with the people who make you feel loved.
See President Regan’s official Congressional Proclamation of National Senior Citizens Day by visiting here.
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