Zanesville police and other members of the community joined together to honor senior citizens Thursday at an annual luncheon at the Center for Seniors. The event was put on by the Fraternal Order of Police and sponsored by other local businesses. Along with local officers, community volunteers, including various youth organizations and elected officials were on hand to serve lunch to the local seniors.
The president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Tom Porter said its a way to thank local seniors for helping to keep their neighborhood safe.
"The event started by the Fraternal Order of Police down on West Main Street years ago," said Porter. "It’s a way to give back to the seniors who support the law enforcement and as a way to say thank you and to tell everybody we appreciate them as much as you appreciate us."
Today’s banquet included raffle drawings, and live entertainment from local school choirs. Chuck Berry and his wife have been volunteering at the senior center for nine years and said he enjoys seeing people, young and old, coming together to socialize.
"You get away from people," Said Berry "You’ve seen them for awhile and then you haven’t seen them for a while, and so when we come out like this, we can walk around and socialize with the other people. So, I think it’s a great thing for the people in this area. "
Nearly 1200 seniors turned out for the annual event.