Alice's new mayor, Jolene Vanover, read a proclamation on Monday morning at Meridian Care of Alice to kick-off Nursing Home Week.

This year's theme is “Spirit of America” and will be celebrated with different activities at nursing home centers across Alice.

“We honor and respect our elders and citizens of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities who reside in skilled nursing centers in Alice, Texas...” Vanover read. “I urge all citizens to visit a loved one, family member or friend, residing in any care setting and offer a kind word, a personal touch and spend time participating in various activities.”

Nursing Home Week in Alice is May 14 through May 20.

Also in attendance for Vanover first proclamation as mayor was City Councilman Pete Crisp, City Councilwoman Yolanda Sosa Moran and Alice City Manager Andy Joslin.