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Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 05.13 GMT

Elders directed us correct path & committed to nourish our economy, culture & ethics - President

 

Elders are those who directed us on the correct path and were committed to nourish our economy, culture and ethics, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The world we live in today has been built through their strength. Hence, it is a cause for happiness to provide the required social background for senior citizens to live with dignity and pride from the benefits provided to them, he added.

Although the increase of elders has created economic problems in many countries, we have succeeded in making them persons who help strengthen our economy, the President further stated in his message for the International Day of Older Persons – 2014, celebrated yesterday (Oct. 1).

We do not abandon the older generation who have a commitment to social progress and thus obtain blessings for our progress to being the Wonder of Asia, he stated.

Following is the message by President issued for the International Day of Older Persons – 2014.

I am pleased to send this message to the occasion of International Day of Older Persons.

Elders are those who directed us on the correct path and were committed to nourish our economy, culture and ethics. The world we live in today has been built through their strength. Hence, it is a cause for happiness to provide the required social background for senior citizens to live with dignity and pride from the benefits provided to them.

The theme for this occasion “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” is most appropriate, especially for Sri Lanka. Although the increase of elders has created economic problems in many countries, we have succeeded in making them persons who help strengthen our economy. We do not abandon the older generation who have a commitment to social progress and thus obtain blessings for our progress to being the Wonder of Asia.

I see the publication of the magazine ‘Vedihitiyo’, comprising articles by senior citizens, as another result of the endeavor of the National Secretariat for Elders to enhance the artistic talents of elders, enrich literature and realize the respectful expectations of elders.

I commend the efforts by National Council for Elders of the Ministry of Social Services and the National Secretariat for Elders to enable them to play a contributory role towards social progress.

I wish a good future those who celebrate International Day of Older Persons – 2014!


 

 
 
   
   
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