AREA SENIORS INVITED TO LOCAL NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS DAY CELEBRATION SATURDAY
In recognition of Aug. 21 designated as National Senior Citizens Day, the South Fulton Parks and Recreation Board will host a local celebration Aug. 20, “Proud of Red, White, Blue and Senior Life, too!”, open to all area seniors, ages 55 and over.
According to the 2017 census, 47 million seniors live in the United States. From that same source, it is stated approximately 78 million people aged 65 and older will reside in America by 2035.
Seniors today often remain active in their communities as well as continue to have a presence in the workforce.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life. In his initial Proclamation, President Reagan stated “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 to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land. For all they have achieved throughout their lives and for all they continue to accomplish we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. ...”
The local, free, come-and-go National Senior Citizens Day celebration will be held at the Pontotoc Community center, in Fulton’s Pontotoc Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A light lunch, drinks and cake will be served to those in attendance.
South Fulton Mayor David Lamb will read the official Proclamation, adopted by both the South Fulton City Commission and the Fulton City Commission, recognizing the contributions made by senior adults in the local community and across the country.
Those who attend will have the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other seniors, listen to musical selections from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, as well as be eligible for door prizes, and select from a variety of books and magazines to take home as gifts.
Volunteers will be on hand for those seniors who may need assistance to and/or from their vehicles. A wheelchair ramp is available on site.
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