Last week we celebrated Independence Day, a holiday in which we commemorate the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Americans celebrated by participating in family-friendly activities such as barbeques, time at the lake, and, of course, fireworks!
Many of us equate Independence Day with patriotism as we proudly display our American flags in a variety of manners and sing along to The Star Spangled Banner. Some feel it is simply another day, while others feel a strong sense of pride and remembrance.
Many, if not most, senior adult men fought in the military so we could enjoy our various freedoms and holidays as we see fit. For them, last week’s celebration wasn’t just another day.
Senior men and women alike remember war times as both great and horrible. However, most of them enjoy reminiscing about those days. While they may have difficulty remembering something that happened yesterday, they often can tell you, in great detail, what happened on that special day many years ago.
National holidays are a great reason to gather around the patriarch or matriarch of your family and listen to stories of simpler times. Today’s generation may not even know the history of how America gained the freedoms we take for granted. This is even more incentive for us children and grandchildren to spend time with our elders and learn a thing or two about honesty, integrity, and generosity—the very principles on which our great nation was founded in 1776.
Although July 4th has come and gone, we can still take time to sit with an older loved one and glean great insights about the past. We may never know how much they enjoy us asking questions and contently listening. It may even be better than fireworks.