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National Grandparents Day

Happy Grandparents Day to all of the wonderful grandparents out there! Thank you for being awesome role models, care givers, and most importantly, a lifelong friend! Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 10th.  Read below for a quick glimpse of what Grandparents Day is all about. 

History of Grandparents Day:

Grandparents Day was created by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon - McQuade. She and her husband had 15 children and 45 grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She wanted to create a day where families would enjoy small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events. On a larger scale, National Grandparents Day gives us an opportunity to publicly affirm the importance of grandparents, that they do play a vital role in families. It is also a day of giving – giving of self; sharing hopes, dreams, and values; and setting an example and advocating for future generations. Marian started her campaign for National Grandparents Day in 1970. She worked consistently for 9 years with business owners, civics leaders, and political leaders. Her endless dedication and drive helped her to achieve her goal. In 1979 President Jimmy Carter declared every the Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day.

Proclamation 4,679 (National Grandparents Day)


As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents.

Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.

We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.

The Congress, by joint resolution (H.J. Res. 244), has authorized and requested the President to designate the first Sunday of September following Labor Day of each year as National Grandparents Day.

Now, Therefore, I, Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Sunday, September 9, 1979, and the first Sunday following Labor Day in each succeeding year as "National Grandparents Day."

I urge officials of Government at the national, State, and local levels, and of voluntary organizations to plan appropriate activities that recognize the importance and the worth of the 17 million grandparents in our nation. I urge all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents or those in their community.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fourth.

JIMMY CARTER

Conclusion:

Thank you, Grandparents, for all that you do! You help us connect to our past, traditions, and values. You are a focal point in many families across the Nation! We are grateful for your never ending kindness, love, and support. We hope you had a wonderful day with your family! Don't forget to share your experiences from Grandparents Day with us on our Facebook Page!  Include a picture and short description of what your grandchildren mean to you! Our top post will win a FREE SCOOTER!