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National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions from senior citizens

Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14th as it was the day when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald Reagan, who was the President of the United States at the time, declared August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day.

This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the United States who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

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For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that 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.

– Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the United States, 1911–2004

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