By Wally Pearce, Winters Elder Day Council
Special to the Express
Elder Day is back in 2022. The Winters Elder Day Council is excited to announce the return of the traditional annual event after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elder Day 2022 will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Winters Community Center located at 201 Railroad Ave.
Elder Day is celebrated every year on the last Saturday in June. The day is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance of the elder citizens in our society and to appreciate their contributions. We do this by hosting a festive event that illustrates the history they’ve lived.
One prior honoree recounted that as a young girl she was a tomboy, and, according to her, at 96-years young, she still is. Another noted that when growing up, he regularly fished in a local creek, that was posted no fishing and he routinely ignored the post, the fresh fish made for a great dinner, another flew B-17’s in WW2, and yet another was a United States Secretary of Agriculture. So many more wonderful stories to share and learn about.
During our 2022 interview cycle, one of our Elder Day honorees conveyed some inspirational advice saying that aging may slow you down in some ways, but it didn’t slow down their desire to express and do what’s needed. If you don’t feel good or have perfect health at age 90 or older, that doesn’t mean your defective or that something is wrong with you!
Throughout history elder adults have achieved many accomplishments for our families and community. That remains true today and gives us ample reason each year to reserve a special day, Elder Day, in their honor, but especially for those that achieved the age of 90-years of age and older. Some in our community have even reached 100-year’s and more.
The 90-plus 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.
Please bring your families, friends, and neighbors. Come early to get a great seat where you can see, talk with, and hear about our past. Surrounded by family, friends, community, and laughter, come join with us and soak up the happiness to propel our elders for a long time, adding to their already-rich life.
Please remember, everyone, all our families, friends, and neighbors, each one is invited to be there and share. You don’t have to be an older person to attend.
Please come and join with this us on this historic day of recognition and celebration.