National Grandparents Day 2010
To ALL Grandparents: Thank You
Have a Great Day
Love and Blessings to All of You
The Gilmer Free Press
In celebration of Grandparents’ Day, families worldwide will be giving their elder members a special treat on Sunday.
The Day provides an excellent opportunity to show our elder members how much they are valued and loved.
A genuine repository of wisdom, instillers of time-tested values – these are some of the endearing ways in which they are generally regarded in our society.
Grandparents’ Day was initially a United States (US) holiday that was observed in the month of September to symbolize the “autumn years of life.”
It was initiated by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade of West Virginia in the US in her desire to spread cheer to the elderly in nursing homes and to encourage grandchildren to draw from the wisdom and experience of their grandparents.
The first Grandparents’ Day was celebrated in 1973.
Civic, business, church, and political leaders expressed their support of the event.
In 1978, the US Congress legitimized the celebration by declaring the first Sunday of September after the US Labor Day as National Grandparents’ Day.
The legislation was signed by then US President Jimmy E. Carter. Later, it was adapted by many countries around the world.
The annual celebration of Grandparents’ Day provides an excellent opportunity for the younger members of the family to think of creative ways to surprise their elder members.