A Tribute to Fathers
The month of June is a time to recognize “Dad.” Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child tend to perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledgeable, and most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with, while for sons, their fathers are the strongest people they know and aspire to emulate. Even for adults, fathers are often those whom we look up to for the most experienced and honest advice. For this great figure in our life that we know as father – it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.
Children blessed with a loving father should consider themselves fortunate for they have someone to take care of their needs and interests — someone to stop them when they are diverting onto a wrong path and guide them on the road to success and virtue. Father’s Day is about showing gratitude to the fathers and father figures who have influenced us throughout our lives. The idea is to show our affection and tell Dad how much he is loved and appreciated, not just on Father’s Day, but every single day of our lives. To all West Park fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and those who stand in the gap for a father, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day.
A Tribute to Mothers
Mothers are everything for us when we are small…our lives revolve around her. For everything that we need we often call our mother. To protect us from all perceivable dangers, we want her around us. To kiss away our wounds, we run to her. And for a warm hug and love, we look to her. She is the focal point of our lives, the greatest human being in the world. On the special occasion of Mother’s Day pay tribute to your mother – the greatest blessing on you!
As we salute moms, we should pause and thank them for their love and g
uidance. They are our first teachers. I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in West Park and to those who fill the role of mothers. And for those who have taken the reigns to fill those shoes, thank you for your unconditional support! I also extend a special thought and prayer to the memories of the moms who are no longer with us on earth but remain in our hearts and minds because they have touched our souls.
A Tribute to Veterans
In May we also pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day. We honor all those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. We honor all those who fought for us and all who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They gave us our freedom and it behooves each of us to be o
ur best self out of respect for what they gave us.
To members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #8195 and others in West Park, there will never be a time that we do not give you our solemn honor! On this and every Memorial Day, we the residents of West Park must never forget its
meaning, and remember those proud patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty’s blessings! We are in
your debt and we thank you! May God always bestow His blessings upon you!
A Tribute to Seniors
Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around the City of West Park. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit our entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for close to 60 years. Since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities.
Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
While we at the City of West Park provide services, support, and resources to our seniors year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation to some of our most beloved citizens. Please check our calendar for events at our parks for our seniors. We will continue to provide opportunities for seniors to come together and share their experiences with one another, as well as with individuals of other generations. We have many reasons to celebrate them.
Best wishes to all West Park residents celebrating these occasions!