Happy National Senior Citizens Day! Each year on this date, there are various events and activities held across the United States in recognition of National Senior Citizens Day. This day was created to show support, honor and appreciation to our seniors and recognize their achievements.

Their valuable contribution to our communities created better places to live. Take time today to spend with seniors you know, and listen to their stories of wisdom and experience, gained from their hard-earned knowledge. Let them know that they are appreciated and loved.

Volunteer at a retirement home and share your smile with those who may not otherwise get a visitor. Make a memory with a senior citizen; they have the knowledge of traditions, how not to “reinvent the wheel”, and how to survive without cell phones and social media, how to feed a family of four for under $5, and I bet most of them played outside until the sunset and even drank water from a garden hose when they got thirsty.

Proclamation 5847 by President Ronald Reagan declared this day National Senior Citizen Day in 1988 – “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure 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.”

“By the time you are 80 years old, you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it,” a little humor from George Burns.

Congratulations if you remember him and, if you don’t know who he is, Google up. He had a special sense of humor, and he did it all without using foul words.

If you are a senior citizen (55 and older in most areas), check for special discounts and promotions for today at stores and restaurants in your area.

This Friday is the official opening ceremony of Galt High School Warrior Stadium. Check the sports section for details. Make sure to wear your red and white, and bring some type of seat covering; those metal bleachers can get a bit hot.

Was not the weather this weekend a blessing? After those days of 105 and 107 degrees, 90 degrees seemed cool. It even called for a sweater Saturday evening. With the cool down, I started thinking about Christmas shopping.

Yes, Christmas is never off my radar. You know, there are only 126 shopping days left; it is closer than you think.

Even though the degrees are slowly bumping up and we may see 100 again, hopefully not 105, Christmas will be here before you know it.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, Sept. 2 – Labor Day – schools, federal, state and county offices will be closed.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson Training Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8 – Grandparents Day

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Patriots Day, Remembrance of 9-11

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Autumnal Equinox

Until next week – Be Strong, be courageous, make a memory.