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Invocation

International Day Of Older Persons

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 1 each year as a special day for older persons worldwide to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. Some radios, televisions or newspapers publish interviews with senior citizens on various issues such as achievements they made to create a better society. On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the assembly. The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1, 1991. In 1991 the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. In 2002 the second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages. The WHO logo is often featured in the color white on a mid-blue background. It shows a stereographic projection of the earth centered on the North Pole under a serpent coiled around a staff. Two ears of wheat “cradle” the image. The projection symbolizes the global nature of the organization, while the serpent and staff are known to symbolize medical help and knowledge. Lord our God, we lovingly confide the senior citizens to Your care. May we esteem and respect them for their worth and their valuable contribution. In our present hasty world let them not be ignored, put aside as a burden. May the feel respected valued and cherished to the end of their blessed lives. Having lived their lives may they guide and inspire us to lead ours purposefully. Together help us to live happily

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