St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates senior citizens

POSTED: 10/1/12 12:17 PM

GREAT BAY – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wishes elderly citizens a happy International Day of Older Persons. The prime minister said in a press statement that the elderly have to be recognized for their contributions to the country and for guiding generations into shaping St. Maarten’s society. “We must never forget that our parents, grandparents and great grandparents have shaped our community and have contributed so much to St. Maarten.”

On behalf of the government Wescot-Williams congratulated all elderly citizens and encouraged the community to show them their appreciation. “Government’s efforts are to provide the elderly with as carefree an existence as possible during their golden years, but a large part of this depends on the family. Young ones should be encouraged to interact with the elderly, learn from them, at the same time teaching them,” the prime minister stated.

She had a special word of thanks for all organizations that focus on our elderly, “providing them with care, fellowship and diversion.”

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 the International Day of Older Persons. The day is observed throughout the world.

The PM attended the church service at the Philipsburg Methodist Church yesterday with local seniors.


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