Did you know that there are over 70 million grandparents living in the United States?
Every year, on the first Sunday after Labor Day, the country comes together to celebrate them on National Grandparents Day. This year, National Grandparents Day falls on September 12.
Grandparents and their grandchildren share a special connection that’s proven to help grandparents live longer, and to make children more emotionally resilient.
National Grandparents Day is the perfect opportunity to treasure that special connection and spend some quality time together.
After all, if we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, why not also have a whole day dedicated to our Grandparents?
Many people consider Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate people about the important contributions senior citizens make to society. 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.
National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.
Did you know?
Grandparents Day has both an official flower and song. Both were chosen by the National Grandparents Day Council.
The official flower is the forget-me-not and the official song is Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa”.
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