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Seniors In Assisted Living Communities Are Knitting Their Way To Patriotism

A summer time visit to a local county fair with our grandson who was visiting from out of state, turned into a bit of a lesson on patriotism. After visiting the large livestock section lined with rows and rows of domesticated pigs and cattle, as spectators at the ‘Mutton Bustin’ event where children under age 6 try to ride sheep for more than 6 seconds,  my family ended up at one of our favorites, the rodeo event.  What could be more “American” than that? Before standing for the singing of our national anthem, spectators were treated to a fly over single engine plane from which a hang glider jumped out carrying an enormous American flag. The jumper was good. Despite the wind, using precision maneuvers he appeared from the clouds while simultaneously unveiling the red, white and blue in full glory, before landing smack in the middle of the arena.

It was an emotional, impressive display. Too bad the rodeo announcer ruined the spirit of patriotism and national pride shortly thereafter by making a joke about our president over the announcing system.  I made the comment to my grandson that it was too bad the event planners had incorporated so much patriotism into the event and then….., he finished my sentence by saying, “and then, ‘dissing’ the President of the United States.” The incident seemed contradictory and not a course of study in Patriotism 101. Fortunately, there are seniors around the country who are the real role models for what patriotism is about. Seniors in assisted living centers in Coral Gables, Florida, the mile high city of Denver, Colorado and in all corners of our nation are knitting their way to patriotism.

Inaguration 2009: Patriotic by *Photographiq on deviantART

One of them is quoted as saying, “Though we all have differing opinions about war and politics, we’re not conflicted about our soldiers – who stand up for our country every day. Knitting for Our Troops is a great way to say how much we care for our service men and women.” The senior groups are knitting and crocheting helmet liners and hats for the U.S. troops stationed or leaving for overseas duty around the world, and especially those stationed in Afghanistan. Wintertime temperatures in parts of the country reach below zero numbers. Senior centers, independent and assisted living communities around our nation regularly engage their residents in meaningful activities that offer them the opportunity to contribute to important causes. If you are searching for an assisted living home for yourself or a loved one, using an experienced referral service is a good first step in locating a community that will meet your social needs.

Trivia Note:  Children participating in “Mutton Bustin” events wear ice hockey helmets, face guards and protective vests. The aim of the game is to hold onto a 180 lb. Colombian ewe for up to six seconds after being released from a gate into a 150 foot long run.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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