Grandparents Day isn’t as well-known as celebrated and recognized as Mother’s or Father’s Day. Often, we celebrate with our grandparents on those holidays as well as our own parents.
Do they deserve their own holiday? Absolutely! If it wasn’t for them, our parents wouldn’t exist. They are responsible for raising our parents into the adults that raised us.
This year, National Grandparents Day will be on Sunday, September 10th.
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani
History of Grandparents Day
Establishing Grandparents day as a holiday in the United States was through the work of Marian McQuade from West Virginia. It was her goal to educate the youth about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history.
Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents’ Day. On August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.
to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.
How Should We Celebrate Grandparents Day?
People should celebrate grandparent’s day by spending time with their grandparents or remembering their legacy.
If you’re lucky to still have living grandparents, go visit them! Take them out to lunch or dinner…..or take a meal to them. Sit with them and maybe watch their old favorite movie. Ask them about their past or any stories they’d like to tell. Maybe you can even conduct a video interview so you can show future generations what they were like?
Have they passed away? Go visit their gravesite or memorial. Tell stories about their lives. Get out the old picture albums.
With today’s technology, it might be a good time to think about digitizing those old pictures of your grandparents. Put them online on a family tree through Ancestry.com, RootsFinder or even their profile on Famicity. Share them with the world and other family members who may be looking for them.
Remember to listen to their stories and everything that they have to say. Once they pass away, their stories and the memories they hold will also be gone forever.