National Grandparent’s Day – Sunday, September 8

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National Grandparent’s Day is a special secular holiday celebrated to honor grandparents for their contribution to our lives and to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children. As the number of grandparents continues to grow, so does the impact they make on the lives of their grandchildren.

It was officially proclaimed in the United States on August 3rd, 1978 by President Carter that the second Sunday in September would be forever known as Grandparents Day. The purpose of the Grandparent’s Day has been beautifully summarized in his proclamation: “The elders of each family have the responsibility for setting the moral tone for the family and for passing on the traditional values of our Nation to their children and grandchildren. They bore the hardships and made the sacrifices that produced much of the progress and comfort we enjoy today.” (Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, Proclamation 4580 – National Grandparents Day, 1978 August 3, 1978).

Grandchildren have been an important lifestyle change for older people as they help their grandparents learn how to navigate their computers and cell phones.

Many families honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for school-age children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

This is the ultimate Kodak and Hallmark moment for grandparents. About four million greeting cards are sent within the United States each year on National Grandparents Day. This day is also an opportunity for families to appreciate and express their love for their grandparents through kind acts such as making a phone call, sending a card, or inviting their grandparents for the evening.  Many people living in retirement villages and nursing homes receive a visit from their grandchildren or other loved ones on this day. Some school kids visit retirement villages and nursing homes and sing for those that do not have a family.

Many countries including Mexico, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong, Estonia, Canada, Australia, and of course the United States all celebrate Grandparents’ day but on different dates around the world.

The official flower of the U.S. National Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not which blooms in the spring. The official song of the U.S. National Grandparents Day holiday is “Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill (announced by the National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California in 2004).

Official Song

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