Grandparents Day became an official holiday in 1978. The idea behind it was to recognize the contributions that senior have made throughout history. It encouraged younger people to “adopt” a grandparent. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and, on August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed it and made it official. The statute cites the day’s purpose as: “…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”.
As a grandparent, this holiday is near and dear to my heart. I only have one grandparent left, so I am very aware of how quickly the time passes. I wish I would’ve had more time to talk to them and hear their stories. Grandparents Day is a great reminder to take time out and listen. Their memories are living history. They have first-hand knowledge of historic events and details about the past you won’t see in any history book. So take some time today and give Grandma or Grandpa a call or visit.
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