The honoring of the aged generation has been a constant in almost all human societies. In America, this reverence is displayed in the form of discounts at restaurants and on the price of tickets at the movies or at events, which isn’t surprising in a country so built on commerce. Senior citizens have experience and stories, and to support them is to show respect for the past and regard for what they can give to the younger generations.
In President Reagan’s Presidential Proclamation on August 19, 1988, he established National Senior Citizen’s Day to honor our elderly population, saying “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.”
National Senior Citizen’s Day takes place on August 21 of each year. There are many ways to celebrate and honor this day. If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your special day! If you have not reached this esteemed platform yet, then spend time with the seniors in your life. You can do this by visiting parents and grandparents, writing a nice card to a senior citizen who has made an impact in your life, or by volunteering at a nursing home or other establishment that benefits our elderly.
Being there for another person can make a world of difference. As we show respect for the older generations, we leave an example for younger generations, keeping the wisdom and experience of our senior citizens from fading away.