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Seniors celebrated at Grandparent Luncheon

caines | 9/20/2012, 5:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] A day of appreciation and recognition Several generations came together at the Annual Grandparent Luncheon sponsored by the Senior Citizens Concern Group, Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Holy Family Episcopal Church. Grandparents received their moment of recognition and appreciation at the luncheon. Ten senior citizens from the community between the ages of 81 to 106 were honored. The seniors had their biographies read, were presented with certificates of appreciation from Commissioner Barbara Jordan's office and got loads of gifts. "We wanted to recognize them and let them know that they have paved the road for us," said Sylvia Williams, 67, CEO/owner of the Senior Citizens Concern Group, Inc. and Sylvia's Retirement Home, Inc., "And we want to do everything we can to show our gratitude." Williams said the Senior Citizens Concern Group has sponsored the event for 26 years and it is typically held during the second week of September, on a date close to National Grandparents Day which occurs each year on the first Sunday in September following Labor Day. She said people with doctoral degrees and leadership positions are typically honored. But for her, there are other accomplishments that are just as important. "My criteria is age," she said. "I go from the 80s to the 100s." Giving flowers to the living Cora Johnson, 77, who has been attending the event since she's been a senior, said the event is important because older people need to be recognized. "When you get older they want to throw you to the curb and that's not right," she said. "So this is something that puts the spotlight on older people. Growing old is a gift because if you don't get old that means you aren't here." Gertrude J. Burnett, 98, said she enjoyed the program and it was wonderful to be there with her great-granddaughter and granddaughter. She was honored at the event two years ago. Natalie Moore, 41, Burnett's granddaughter, said being appreciated and acknowledged keeps up seniors invigorated. Moore said she enjoys the diversity of age groups at the event and each year it is a "wonderful surprise." Sydni Moore, 10, Burnett's great-granddaughter, said the event was very nice and everyone had a good time. According to Sydni, grandparents are important because grandchildren learn from their lives and are able to pass down what the grandparents know to other generations. "It is very fun to learn about (my grandparents)," she said. "I learn everything from them." By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com