Senior Citizens Day or National Senior Citizens Day is commemorated on August 21 of every year. The celebration of this day began to honor and support the senior citizens. Furthermore, the observance of the day shows appreciation and recognizes the contributions of those older adults. Bring awareness about their incredible work to the community in the form of a celebration to recognize them. It is a privileged moment for any one citizen to honor the senior citizen. The day is remembered as a sense of gratitude and thankfulness, who had made endless support to the society as to make it a better place to live in.
“After a lifetime of working, raising families, and contributing to the success of this nation in countless other ways, senior citizens deserve to retire with dignity.” – Charlie Gonzalez
History of National Senior Citizens Day
The history and origin of National Senior Citizens Day date back to 1988. It was officially established by Ronald Reagan, who was the president of the United States of America during that time. President Ronald Reagan had signed the Proclamation 5847 on August 19, 1988, which declared August 21 as the National Senior Citizens Day. The President was the first to proclaim the first National Senior Citizens Day. The proclamation is mentioned is quoted below.
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.
The President had written in his explanation as
“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.”
The achievement of the older people for the society of all the families, communities, and the country seems to be marked in history. The observance of the day is done to honor those senior citizens who had made positive contributions to their societies. Also, the day was organized to bring in some form of awareness about the social, economic, and health issues concerning senior citizens.
Various events and activities will be arranged on National Senior Citizens Day to increase the awareness of those older people and thus to recognize their achievements. Through modern communication tools like social media and news stories, some people will promote awareness as a form of thanksgiving for their endless support. While the others will organize special community functions and meetings inviting the senior citizens, along with their families, friends, and volunteers. Some stores give special discounts or deals to the senior citizens on or around the celebration. There are also various appreciation days celebrated for senior citizens from all over the world, and however, all of those days have one aim. It is to appreciate the senior citizens to be a part of our societies.
Other Celebrations on August 21
August 21 is also celebrated as
- Poet’s Day
- National Spumoni Day
- World Honey Bee Day
- Break the Monotony Day
- International Geocaching Day
- International Homeless Animal’s Day
How to Celebrate the Day
Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day is quite simple as you can indulge yourself in spending time with any senior you are familiar with. Know about them and their positive contributions to your society and appreciate him for his efforts. If you are an entrepreneur, then you can offer some special discounts during senior citizen day as a form of support to those seniors. If you are a senior citizen yourself, then check if there are any special promotions or discounts provided at your favorite spots like restaurants and shops. Post and share your National Senior Citizens Day celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SeniorCitizensDay or #NationalSeniorCitizensDay.
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