Grandparents day is on Sunday, Sept. 8

Celebrate grandparents and great-grandparents on National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Wally Pearce

Winters Elder Day Council

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. In 2019 it’s on Sunday, Sept. 8.

This holiday was first created by Marian McQuade before 1973. However, it wouldn’t be 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 in1978.

The statue making Grandparents Day a holiday lists the three purposes of this holiday. They are to commemorate and pay respect to grandparents, to recognize the importance that older people have on the lives of the young and to give grandparents the opportunity to show 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 a 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. Join with us this year and take this opportunity to celebrate grandparents on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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