Who's speaking for the seniors?

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Tomorrow — Wed., October 1, is Senior Citizens Day, as declared by the City Council. A proclamation will be read at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., 385-7900). But no one is sure who will be reading it.

Earlier this month, Councilman Keith King signed the following proclamation:
WHEREAS, it is imperative that we make use of the vital resources within our older American community; and
WHEREAS, we continue to see the contributions these individuals have made to the community of Colorado Springs through volunteerism, working in the schools; our public agencies and many of our non-profits; and
WHEREAS, these are the people that survived the depression; fought in a world war and conflicts to keep democracy alive; built businesses; grew food that fed our nation; improved our American cities; and all the while raising future generations; and
WHEREAS, never before in the history of our country have youth been in greater need of the wisdom and counseling of older people, and perhaps much of our present day problems could be averted by the timely advice of an older American; and
WHEREAS, coming together within a community relieves isolation and makes for a healthier happier senior citizen, provides the benefits of good fellowship, encouragement, support, and the opportunity to help themselves and each other.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Keith King; President of the Colorado Springs City Council, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, October 1, 2014 as SENIOR CITIZENS DAY
I urge every citizen to join in the Observance and Celebration to be hosted by the Savvy Seniors.
City Council has not confirmed, however, that one of its members will be at the event to read the proclamation.

Miguel Lausell says he's had problems getting anyone to commit to participating in Senior Citizens' Day – which he's been sponsoring since 2012.

"The seniors do not get the recognition they deserve," Lausell says. "We have a parade for our soldiers, we have a parade for St. Patrick's Day, we have a parade for Cinco de Mayo. Why not for the seniors?"

Joan Clemons, facility manager for the Hillside Community Center, says the city will put out a press release this year to mark the day. But Lausell's event is privately organized, she adds.

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