Today is Grandparents Day.
According to the National Grandparents Day Council’s Web site (grandparents-day.com), the purpose of Grandparents Day is:
- To honor grandparents
- To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children
- To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
Additionally, that site (and others,too) convey that Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, had initiated a campaign in the early 1970's to set aside a special day just for grandparents.
She contacted West Virginia Governor Arch Moore.
The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Moore.
That year, Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) introduced a Grandparents Day resolution in the U.S. Senate but the resolution languished in committee.
In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The president (President Jimmy Carter) signed the proclamation.
Yesterday’s edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper carried an article about Grandparents Day in the Cue section, under the heading " In a grand way Sunday’s Grandparents Day celebrates bond with grandchildren."
My husband Ron and I are blessed with three adorable grandchildren.
Here's a recent photo of them: