Letcher County Judge/Executive signed an Abuse Prevent Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month on May 11. All members and staff of the county’s senior citizens centers wore silver ribbons in memory of seniors who have suffered abuse. Each year more than two million disabled and elderly citizens across the country are victims of physical or emotional abuse. Last years, there were almost 1,700 reported cases of abuse and neglect in the Eastern Mountain Region. Ward said he urges all citizens to work together in the years to come to help reduce abuse and neglect among the elderly. Pictured are (left to right) Deborah Slone, site manager of the Ermine Senior Citizens Center; Ward; and Trend Kincer, director of the Senior Citizens program.