Grandparents’ Day History
Grandparents Day serves to honor and recognize the contributions of grandparents in our lives. Grandparents are a society and a family’s ties to its past as they pass on important values, beliefs, and ideals to future generations. Their wisdom and love are recognized every year on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September.
National Grandparents Day was founded by Jacob Reingold and Marian McQuade. In 1961, during the White House Conference on Aging, Reingold was inspired to focus on the role of grandparents in society and he subsequently held the first Grandparents Day at his retirement home later that year. By 1961, the New York borough of the Bronx had made Grandparents Day an official holiday. Then, in 1970, Mrs. McQuade began to petition for the government to proclaim a day for grandparents. In 1973, the first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in West Virginia, and in 1978, a bill to proclaim National Grandparents Day was signed by President Jimmy Carter. According to President Carter,
The elders of each family have the responsibility for setting the moral tone for the family and for passing on the traditional values of our Nation to their children and grandchildren.
I personally do not have any grandchildren yet so I just enjoy my great-nieces and great-nephews! Honestly, there are a few that I have emotionally adopted as my own! You don’t have to be a grandparent to act like one.
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