By Wally Pearce, Winters Elder Day Council
Special to the Express
The Winters Elder Day Council is excited to announce the return of their traditional annual Elder Day event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending this wonderful Elder Day festivity on Saturday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Winters Community Center locate at 201 Railroad Ave. Come and watch history being made in the City of Winters. Everyone, all families and friends, are welcome to come and share in this free event.
Throughout history older adults have achieved much for our families and community. That remains true today and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day, Elder Day, in honor of all older adults, but especially those that are 90-years of age and older, and who mean so much to us all.
Every year the Winters Elder Day Council celebrates elder adults that reside in the City of Winters, applauding them publicly and hosting them and their families at the festive Elder Day reception.
It’s absolutely amazing to hear their stories of life and to witness a glimpse of our history as they tell their narratives. One honoree recounted that as a young girl her grandfather was so big, he resembled Popeye, and because of that she still loves Popeye.
Throughout history older adults have achieved and shared so much for all of us. That remains true today and gives us ample reason each year to reserve a special day, Elder Day, in honor of all elder adults, but especially those that are 90-years of age and older.
Elder Day — Saturday, June 25 — is set aside to give community appreciation to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents by showing them our sincere affection and gratitude by bringing the entire City of Winters community together to celebrate the people being highlighted that day.
That public acknowledgement is for their personal contributions to our families, friends, and community. In 2022, the Winters Elder Day Council will come together to rejoice many people in that age group — 14 residents will be honored this year.
The 90-and-older crowd — those most vulnerable of human beings — is succumbing rapidly and heartbreakingly. Entire limbs are being lopped off family trees, and their wisdom and lore far too often go unnoticed. Many of the very oldest of us who survived world wars, polio, the Great Depression, and the Holocaust, are being lost to history. Our elders are our patriarchs and matriarchs, our families’ root stock — and connections to our past, foreign lands, and forgotten ancestors. They are our most experienced and loved continuity.