Celebrate grandparents on Sept. 13

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By Wally Pearce, Winters Elder Day Council

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, Grandparents Day will be celebrated nationally. Grandparents Day, also known as National Grandparents Day is a holiday that’s celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. It’s identified to celebrate both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Grandparents Day was first created by Marian McQuade before 1973. However, it wasn’t recognized as a holiday on a State level until March 27, 1973 when it became recognized by West Virginia. Thanks to President Jimmy Carter and Senators Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph introducing official legislation into the United States Senate, it officially became a national holiday in 1978.

The statue making Grandparents Day a holiday lists the three purposes of this holiday; they are: 1. To commemorate and pay respect to grandparents, 2. To recognize the importance that older people have on the lives of the young, and 3. To give our grandparents the opportunity to show our love and support for their children’s children.

This holiday can be celebrated in different ways. Some people have a party for their grandparents commemorating their life and achievements. Other people merely give their grandparents a gift. For others, the only ceremony given to grandparents is to present them with an enjoyable cake.

A tradition that was prominently featured when this holiday was first created, was the presentation of the flower Forget Me Nots to one’s grandparents. It was particularly important to present this flower to grandparents who were living in nursing homes, or to place them on their graves if they were deceased. However, it can also be given to those who are still alive.

Whatever way is chosen, it’s important to honor grandparents, and great grandparents, with some sort of personal recognition. After all, without them we would not be here. Please join with the Winters Elder Day Council this year and take this opportunity to celebrate our Grandparents on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

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