National Grandparents Day is the legacy of Marian McQuade of Fayette, West Virginia – a coal-miner’s wife who raised 15 children and their families. This compassionate woman’s most cherished goal was to persuade grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage of both paternal and maternal grandparents.
In 1973, Senator Jennings Randolph — of Mrs. McQuade’s home state — introduced a Senate resolution to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. It took five more years before then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated on the first Sunday following Labor Day.
Since its passage 35 years ago, National Grandparents Day has gained increasing recognition from devoted grandchildren who have experienced the love, caring and support of their parents’ parents. This Sunday be sure and celebrate your Grandparents!