The first Sunday after labor day, September 13th, we are celebrating National Grandparents Day and want all of you to join us! Just like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we have an entire day that we can dedicate to our amazing grandparents!
The History of Grandparents Day:
Grandparents Day goes all the way back to 1969 when a 9 year old boy, Russel Capper, sent President Nixon a letter asking that a day be set aside in order to celebrate his and everyone else’s grandparents.
A few days later Russel received a letter from the personal secretary to the president, Rose Mary Woods. The letter said, “Thank you for your letter to President Nixon. Your suggestion regarding a Grandparents Day is appreciated, but the president ordinarily issues proclamations designating periods for when a Congressional resolution authorizes him to do so. With best wishes, Sincerely, Rose Mary Woods Personal Secretary to the President.”
After this letter, Marian McQuade was recognized nationally by the U.S. Senate and by President Jimmy Carter as the founder of National Grandparents Day. Marian wanted to let the youth know how important it is for children to know how seniors have contributed throughout history.
In 1977, senators introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to designate the first Sunday after Labor Day as “National Grandparents Day”. It was then passed, and on August 3, 1978, Carter signed the proclamation.
How to Celebrate:
- Play the official song for National Grandparents Day “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa”, written by Johnny Prill
- Make a card and tell them how grateful you are that they are your grandparents
- Bring them their favorite dish and spend the day with them
- Send the official flower of Grandparents Day, the “forget-me-not” flower
We hope you dedicate your entire Grandparents Day to your loved ones! Take some time out of your day and show them how much you appreciate them!
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