Last week marked the end of Southeast Queens’ Senior Appreciation Month. The annual tradition, which was started in Southeast Queens, has made its way to other parts of the borough and city. As explained by Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) last month, the tradition is dedicated to giving back to what he called the “greatest generation.”
“We get to honor those whose shoulders we stand on,” Miller told the PRESS of Southeast Queens. “When you look at these folks, you’ll see World War II veterans, Korean and Vietnam War veterans, veterans of the labor movement, folks who have migrated from the Jim Crow south and the Caribbean. These are the people who really went through some tough times.”
All month long, a number of events, include live performances, free breakfasts, movie screenings, concerts and other activities have been available free of charge for seniors.
Closing out the monthlong celebration was Miller’s ceremonial luncheon that was held at the Robert Ross Family Life Center. The gathering featured a number of special guests, including Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.