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Happy Grandparents Day!

National Grandparents Day in United States
Happy Grandparents Day!
(Sunday, September 11th, 2011)

  • Happy Grandparents Day!Official Song of National Grandparents Day: “A Song for Grandma And Grandpa” by Johnny Prill
  • Official Flower of National Grandparents Day: The “Forget-Me-Not” Flower
  • Official Day of National Grandparents Day: First Sunday of September after Labor Day

Grandparents GrandchildrenNot as revered as it once was many people might not realize that it is National Grandparents Day today! This day honors grandparents. Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities, such as; gift and card giving, visiting our elders, story-telling, as well as artwork. About four million greeting cards are sent within the United States each year on National Grandparents Day. This day is also an opportunity for people to appreciate and express their love to their grandparents through kind actions. Kids all over call their grandparents, share a meal with them, or even visit people living in retirement villages or nursing homes that may not have any children.

National Grandparents DayMarian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, has to have been the main driving force for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience.

Happy Grandparents Day!National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Marian McQuade received a phone call from the White House to advise her of this event. A presidential proclamation on September 6, 1979, made this day official – it designated Sunday, September 9, 1979, (being the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day”) as National Grandparents Day. Each year the President is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day; and to call on people, groups, and organizations to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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