Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Facility began the observance of National Assisted Living Week Sept. 10 with Grandparents Day and families were encouraged to visit throughout the day.


On Sept. 11, they held a patriotic parade sponsored by three assisted living facilities. The parade was led by Aldermen Steven Mays and Bruce Lockett, City Attorney Althea Hadden Scott and retired Marine Sgt. Carl Scott.


The grand marshal was Jeanette Lightfoot, coordinator of the Retired Senior Volunteers Program. Participants also included RSVP volunteers and the Pine Bluff High School ROTC, according to a news release.


Volunteers, residents and staff stood waving flags. A moment of silence was held and balloons were released as people shared in the memory of the 9/11 victims.


Whispering Knoll climaxed the week with a family cookout Sept. 14 in the back gazebo court yard area with lots of family members, freinds and community guests.


Twin brothers, Jeff Howard, a history teacher at Watson Chapel High School, and Jim Howard of Fairfield Credit Union, were the cooks. Their mother is a resident of the facility, according to the release.


The day ended with a performance by the Diamond Line dancers and music by Darnell Cann, a local saxophone player.