Regardless of where in the world one goes, we will always come back to where it all began, our parents due of their wisdom and guidance that we often seek especially in times of tribulations.
This was a message from Governor Lemanu when addressing the elderly at the Office of the Territorial Administration on Aging.
The event this morning marks the end of a weeklong celebration of Aging Unbound in celebration of our senior citizens.
Our senior citizens were celebrated today as they play a major role in the development of American Samoa.
Governor Lemanu in his address spoke about the wisdom of the elders that has guided decision-making in Government for so many years.
“American Samoa is forever indebted to our senior citizens for all the hard work they contributed to the development of American Samoa.
"Sitting here today listening to senior citizens being acknowledged for the sacrifices made in your homes, churches and village communities is a sign that American Samoa now and the future is safe in your hands,” said Lemanu.
Adding that senior citizens have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys and difficulties and as your Governor I want to thank you...
Also attending the ceremony today were Grandma Joy Ryan and her grandson Brad. As reported this week on KVZK News, Brad and Joy are in American Samoa as part of a quest to visit all 63 National Parks in the US.
The National Park of American Samoa is the only national park south of the equator and the US's most remote park.
Nalei Moors, a dance instructor and businesswoman, were presented the Oldest TAOA registered Senior Citizen Award by Dr. Uta Laloulu Tagoilelagi on behalf of the US Congresswoman, Honorable Uifaatali Aumua Amata.
Ms. Lisa Tuatoo represented the Lion’s Club and presented the Community Service Award to Dr. Faofua Faatofe.
Chairwoman of the ASCC Business Department. Dr. Matautu Peter Tinitali, on behalf of the Pago Pago Rotary Club, presented the Oldest SCSEP employee to Nalei Moors, Mr. Filia Alaia, and Mrs. Tofiga Lopesi.
A special presentation was also awarded to Grandma Joy Ryan and Grandson Brad Ryan as the Senior and Junior National Park American Samoa Explorer.
Happy Senior Citizens Week to all seniors of American Samoa