When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens designated May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pays tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events and other such activities.
Williamsburg Landing proudly announces the “Outstanding Service to Seniors Award” in honor of Older Americans Month. This annual community award will be given to an individual or organization that excels at service to seniors in Greater Williamsburg. Key factors in the selection of a winner include a nominee’s accomplishments and impact on the community. Please complete the separate Nomination Form and send to: kkammer@WilliamsburgLanding.com or
Williamsburg Landing Award for Seniors, c/o Kathy Kammer, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Dr.,
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. Deadline is March 28, 2019.