Transylvania County Celebrates Older Americans Month, Local Centenarians

SimplyHome visited beautiful Brevard, N.C. this morning for an event at the Silvermont Opportunity Center, a community center for senior citizens living in the area.

Along with representatives from local hospitals, home health care agencies and retirement homes, dozens of elderly people from Transylvania County stopped by for fellowship, information, and to celebrate three local "centenarians"--people who have crossed the threshold of 100 years.

Local leaders like Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris gave speeches to commemorate the event. Representatives from the office of U.S. Senators Kay Hagan, Richard Burr and U.S. House member Heath Shuler visited  to mark the occasion as well.

Three local citizens who have passed the century mark were celebrated by all who attended. Mr. Lou, Ms. Coggs and Mr. Irving Hyman were treated to speeches in their honor, a celebratory cake, and recognition from local government for their service to the community. All three wore honorary corsages and smiles.

Also noted at the event was the 150th anniversary of Transylvania County, and County Manager Artie Wilson was pleased with how local seniors help younger people "benefit from [their] knowledge and wisdom."

May is Older Americans Month nationwide, and the gathering at Silvermont was certainly a celebration of America's elderly. Many men donned hats with insignia of their military regiments, and Mr. Hyman spoke of the difficulties of living through the Great Depression.

The theme of the day was celebratory of what local senior citizens have contributed to the area throughout its history--and how they continue to engage in the community today.

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