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May is Older Americans Month

Anna Aughenbaugh
Fort Collins, Colo.

It has seemed that in our country youth has been revered and the elderly looked upon as quite daft, so I was happy to see that May is designated as Older Americans Month to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of millions of older Americans.

Many older people have invented and discovered things that have made medical history, saved lives, painted pictures, and preached sermons that will go down in history. There are many more that are unsung heroes that go about their daily lives without ever making the news.

We are all allotted 24 hours every day ” how we use this gift of time is up to us. Think about how you’d like to be remembered and make a list of things you can do to make that possible, then take the steps necessary to accomplish them.

Many, like my Aunt Evelyn, help their grandchildren build self-esteem. Others volunteer at schools to help children learn to read. Sunday school teachers teach Bible stories that lead children to the Lord. Volunteers are the backbone of food banks, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, coaches for soccer and softball games ” the list goes on and on.

Some of my heroes would never want to be in the limelight, but are always there to help wherever they can with a cheery, encouraging word. Some can be counted on to pray, not as a last resort, but because they know it to be where to start. Pericles gave us these words of wisdom: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

I think we have an obligation to be role models for our children and grandchildren, letting them know that the freedoms we enjoy have been won for us by the brave men and women who have fought in the many wars since the one that made us a sovereign nation. We owe it to them to live, not selfishly, but so those who have fought to make this country free will know we appreciate their sacrifices.


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