Grandparents Day

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.

Some articles to enjoy:

Top 10 Things to do on Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day Video

Grandparents Day: A Tribute to the Memories

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