D.C. hosts annual salute to centenarians
In an annual tradition, the District of Columbia hosted its 28th salute to centenarians -- or residents who are 100 or older. Around 30 who are part of this unique group came out for Monday's celebration.
"Some of the seniors are from the south, and so you can imagine they've experienced civil rights, hatred and so many different challenges that were before them," said John Thompson with the DC Office on Aging.
"I was drafted in WWII, and went for four years...came here to Washington, been here ever since," said 102 year old George Boggess.
Boggess has been married to his wife Dorothy since 1942, and says the secret to a long life is exercising and eating right, sometimes.
"I try to..not always," said Boggess.
Alyce Dixon at 106 was the oldest attendee. Her life motto is simple:
"If you can't take it with you, share it.".
Dixon was one of nine children, and she worked as a clerk for the Pentagon when it opened in the 40's.Today she's still full of life.
"I like to raise a little hell too," said Dixon.
300 centenarians call the District home. Currently, 16-percent of the population is at least 60 years old.
"We're working on becoming an age-friendly city," said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
Part of the plan includes more housing options for older residents and programs to promote wellness and civic engagement, so that one day, we may live to reach that century mark.