National Senior Citizens Day
When : August 21st
National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.
In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said "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."
On National Senior Citizens Day, we should:
Spend some time with senior citizens
Show our appreciation for senior citizens
Do volunteer work in support of the elderly
If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There's bound to be plenty offers today.
The Origin of National Senior Citizens Day:
On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5847 creating National Senior Citizens Day to be August 21.
There are many, many other "Senior Citizen Days" on various dates around the world. Many countries local communities and organizations have declared or held senior citizen days.
See the Congressional Proclamation of National Senior Citizens Day.
This Day in History August 21st
Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt. (1680)
James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales. (1770)
American Revolutionary War: British forces begin besieging the French outpost at Pondichéry. (1778)
Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion. (1831)
Venetian blinds are patented. (1841)
Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory. (1852)
Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre. (1863)
The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs. (1888)
Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles was founded. (1897)
World War II: The flag of Nazi Germany is installed atop the Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range. (1942)
World War II: the Guadalcanal Campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru. (1942)
Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins. (1944)
Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality accident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (1945)
The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile. (1957)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day. (1959)
Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes. (1961)
Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalizes Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead. (1963)
James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine. (1968)
Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States. (1979)