We were delighted to support the 99th birthday celebration of former President Jimmy Carter with a Celebration Stadium at the Carter Center in Atlanta on September 30th. Our Birthday Grandstand held 99 gold candles around the green and white Presidential birthday cake.
America's longest-living former President, Jimmy Carter, celebrated his 99th birthday on October 1st. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum organized a series of events to honor the occasion with over 1,000 guests participating.
The activities hosted by the Library and Museum were designed to capture the essence of President Carter's life. Guests could watch "All the President's Men," the first film he viewed during his tenure in the White House. Visitors had the chance to delve into the history of Carter's early life in Plains, Georgia, during the 1920s. A crafting station was set up to evoke the toys and crafts of that era, including finger puppets and corn husk dolls, as well as traditional games like marbles and jacks.
One of the most prominent aspects of the day was the personal connection that guests felt toward the Carters. Attendees shared stories of how the Carters' positivity had impacted their lives. Joy, hope, love, and humility were central themes in many of these recollections, reflecting the Carters' remarkable work. One woman even became emotional as she expressed that Jimmy Carter would forever be her "first and favorite President" since her arrival in the United States in 1976.
In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a naturalization ceremony was held, symbolizing the significance of American citizenship. Surrounded by friends and family, 99 new American citizens took their oaths. The ceremony was initiated by Museum Curator Sylvia Naguib, herself a naturalized citizen, who offered welcoming remarks. For Naguib, the ceremony held a special place in her heart, as she had personally experienced the pride of becoming an American citizen.
During the ceremony, the new citizens sang "America the Beautiful" and waved American flags, symbolizing their newfound allegiance and connection to the country.
The Center is normally closed on Sundays, but Library Director Meredith Evans said “We had to be open to support the outpouring of love and admiration that people worldwide have for former President Carter. Statistics say less than one percent of Americans will live to be 99. How could we not celebrate his life's accomplishments and open our doors to anyone who wanted to participate in the celebration? Former President Carter has spent the majority of his life helping others. He is the oldest living President and the country's longest living President. Thousands of supporters sent letters, emails, and gifts to the former President.”
For those interested in visiting the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, it is located in Atlanta. More information at jimmycarterlibrary.gov.
We were gratified by the thoughtful letter we received from the CEO of the Carter Center