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National Grandparents' Day is a secular holiday celebrated in the United States since 1978 and officially recognized in a number of countries on various days of the year, either as one holiday or sometimes as a separate Grandmothers' Day & Grandfathers' Day (see below for dates by country.
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One celebrates both paternal and maternal grandparents.

  • Observed by: Various countries
  • Type: National
  • Date: First Sunday after Labor Day (USA)

History
Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia, Has been recognized nationally by the United States Senate – in particular by Senators Jennings Randolph; and Robert Byrd – & by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She also urged the youth to "adopt" a
grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.

In 1973, Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) introduced a resolution to the senate to make Grandparents' Day a national holiday. West Virginia's Governor Arch Moore had proclaimed an annual Grandparents' Day for the state, at the urging of Marian McQuade. When Senator Randolph's resolution in the U.S. Senate died in committee, Marian McQuade organized supporters and began contacting governors, senators, and congressmen in all fifty states. She urged each state to proclaim their own Grandparents' Day. Within three years, she had received Grandparents' Day proclamations from forty-three states. She sent copies of the proclamations to Senator Randolph.

In February 1977, Senator Randolph, with the concurrence of many other senators, introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to "issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as 'National Grandparents' Day'." 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 the proclamation. The statute cites the day's purpose: "...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".

Some people claim the origin of the holiday resides with the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, New York, recognizing seniors and their importance as early as 1961. On February 21, 1990, New York Congressman James T. Walsh recognized the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna in front of the U.S. House of Representatives, thanking her "for her important role in the establishment of Grandparents' Day".
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Official song of U.S. Grandparents' Day

In 2004, the National Grandparents' Day Council of Chula Vista, California announced that "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" by Johnny Prill would be the official song of the U.S. National Grandparents' Day holiday.

The National Grandparents' Day Council presented Prill with the National Songwriter's Award in recognition of his highly popular composition "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa."

The Council announced Prill's award early in order that schools, churches and other groups who wish to perform his song for Grandparents' Day will have time to acquire and rehearse the song. The song was chosen because "Grandparents' Day gives grandchildren across the nation the opportunity to show love and appreciation for their grandparents. Johnny Prill's A Song for Grandma and Grandpa is exemplary of such appreciation."

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow told Prill: "It is wonderful that 'A Song for Grandma and Grandpa' was chosen as the official song of National Grandparents' Day. What a special tribute to your talent as a songwriter. You have put into words the unique relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren."

American folk singer Pete Seeger stated, "Here's to Johnny Prill and his song for National Grandparents' Day. May his song spread around the world and be translated into many languages!"
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Official flower of U.S. Grandparents' Day
  • Forget-me-not

The official flower of the U.S. National Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not which blooms 
in the spring. As a result, seasonal flowers are given in appreciation to grandparents on this day
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Grandparents' Day[s] around the world

Australia
Queensland was the first Australian state to officially celebrate 
Grandparents' Day - on the first Sunday in November 2010. A range of 
community events took place in schools and at sporting events around the state. New South Wales held their first inaugural Grandparents' Day on Sunday 30 Oct. 2011, & will be celebrate it each year on the last sunday of October. The Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia held their first Grandparents' Day in 2012.

Canada
National Grandparents' Day began in Canada in 1995. Motion number 273 submitted in the house of commons by Mr. Sarkis Assadourian read:

That, in the opinion of this House, the government should consider designating the second Sunday in September of each year as Grandparents' Day in order to acknowledge their importance to the structure of the family in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children.

Estonia
Grandparents' Day (vanavanemate päev) is celebrated, 
beginning in 2010, on the second Sunday in September.

France
In France, Grandmothers' Day began in 1987 and is 
celebrated on the first Sunday in March.

Italy
In Italy, Grandparents' Day was established in 2005 and is 
celebrated on October 2, Guardian Angels' Day in the 
Roman Catholic Church.

Poland
In Poland, Grandmother's Day (Polish: Dzień Babci) was 
created in 1964 by the Kobieta i Życie magazine, and 
popularized from 1965 onwards. It is celebrated on 
January 21. Grandfather's Day (Polish: Dzień Dziadka) is celebrated a day later, on January 22.

Singapore
Singapore started celebrating Grandparents' Day in 1979, a year after the U.S. started.

Taiwan
The Ministry of Education (Republic of China) initiated Grandparents' Day (祖父母節) in Taiwan on 29 August 2010, on the last Sunday in August annually, shortly before schoolchildren would start a new semester.

United Kingdom
The celebration was introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern. It has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October since 2008, although it is not widely advertised and hasn't been as commercially successful as Mother's and Father's Day. Businesses specialising in gifts and greeting cards have started merging the respective grandparents days with Mother's Day and Father's Day to try to boost sales.

United States
National Grandparents' Day in the U.S. is the first Sunday after Labor Day, in September.
The holiday is expected to grow in significance over the next decade and beyond as the number of grandparents in the United States rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020 as a result of the baby boom. Grandparents in America are also increasingly responsible for child care and support. In 2012, 30% of children under five with working mothers were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent.
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References
  • Congressional Record, February 21, 1977, Joint Resolution S.J. Res. 24, 95th Congress, 1st Session
  • Seeger, Pete. Letter to Johnny Prill. March 2010. National Grandparents Day. Web. .

External links
  •   U.S. Code 36 U.S.C. § 125, the law establishing the U.S. National Grandparents Day

Resources, References & External Links
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