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‘Spirit of America’

AHOSKIE – Creekside Care kicked off National Nursing Home Week with a parade, balloons, and hamburgers for everyone. The annual event is a celebration of skilled nursing facilities, their staff, and their residents.

This year’s theme is “The Spirit of America.”

Residents and staff of Creekside Care, resting comfortably in chairs, lined up outside on the morning of May 15 to first watch the parade go

Ahoskie Mayor Jimmie Rowe was one of two featured speakers at the National Nursing Home Week kick-off.

by. The parade was complete with an assortment of participants, including the Hertford County and Gates County Sheriffs, the Ahoskie Fire Department, Easter Seals UCP, American Legion Post 102, the Hertford County Junior ROTC, and many others.

Residents waved as the participants passed by.

The Junior ROTC members led the crowd in saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the end of the parade.

Reverend Roy Sharpe of St. John Second Baptist Church and Ahoskie Mayor Jimmie Rowe both addressed the crowd in honoring the staff and residents of Creekside Care.

“Senior citizens have a lot to offer the younger generation,” Rowe said, adding that he hoped everyone would enjoy the week.

Reverend Sharpe delivered a short encouraging message on “undeniable love.”

Before a lunch of hamburgers was served, the staff released balloons into the air with nametags attached, so that anyone who finds the balloons can send a message back to the residents.

The rest of the week will be filled with more celebratory events at Creekside Care, including a day of celebration for children and grandchildren of staff and residents on Tuesday, and the “Family and Friends Extravaganza” on Thursday, May 18 which will include a Gospel Sing featuring several performers from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Carolyn Pierce, Activity Director for Creekside, said that Monday’s kick-off celebration was a way to bring the community together.

National Nursing Home Week was established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association. It begins every year on Mother’s Day.