In 1970, Marian McQuade, a homemaker from West Virginia, began a crusade to have a special day established to honor grandparents. In 1973, Governor Arch Moore officially proclaimed the very first Grandparent’s Day in the State of West Virginia. It took an additional 5 years and a lot of hard work before the United States Congress finally passed legislation to have a nationally recognized Grandparents Day. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation in 1978. This was no longer a day that was celebrated by a small number of people in one state. Millions of people across the entire country were now celebrating National Grandparents Day.
National Grandparents Day is meant to focus on the following:
- Honoring, paying tribute, and showing respect for our grandparents
- Grandparents showing their love, support, and pride in their grandchildren
- To show children the wisdom and guidance older people have to share with them
- To be cognizant of the elderly in nursing homes and those who are home-bound
National Grandparents Day Fun Facts:
- The holiday’s founder, Marian McQuade, was a coal miner’s wife who raised 15 children, had 43 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren that survived her at the time of her death in 2008 at the age of 91
- It is always celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day
- The official song is “A Song for Grandma And Grandpa” by Johnny Prill
- The official flower is the “Forget-Me-Not”
1-800-Charity Cars, operators of the nation’s leading vehicle donation program, would like to offer you the following list of ways you can celebrate National Grandparents Day. If you have grandparents actively involved in your life, or if they have passed on, you can celebrate this day with them or in loving remembrance of them.
Here are some ways you can honor grandparents:
- Send small gifts to show your appreciation, love, and respect. You can send flowers, cards, candy, balloons, or anything else to show that they are loved and appreciated.
- Take them out to do something they enjoy. Perhaps lunch, a movie, or even bingo!
- Spend some time looking through old photos or watching home movies. Reflect on all the moments you have shared together.
- Plan a family gathering, family dinner, or outing so everyone can come together and honor your grandparents as a family unit, with every generation present.
- Gather all the grandchildren together with the grandparents, and let them enjoy the best “story time” of their lives, by listening to the stories their grandparents can share with them.
- For those who do not have grandparents, contact your local church, school, nursing homes, and senior organizations to inquire about the adopt-a-grandparent programs or just volunteering your time.
- Visit your local nursing home and ask to spend time with those who have no family.
- Visit your local senior center to allow you and your children the opportunity to spend some time with the elderly and enjoy all they have to offer by way of their wisdom, and tales of their life experiences.
- If you have an estranged relationship with your grandparents, now could be the time to seek a resolution. Work through your issues, or find some way to get closure, so you can start a new beginning.
Whatever you choose to do on National Grandparent’s Day, we here at 1-800-Charity Cars would like to take an opportunity to express our gratitude to all of the grandparents across the world. Thank you for your strength, devotion, wisdom, support, and guidance. We wish you all a joyous day filled with the love of those around you.