National Grandparents Day
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|National Grandparent's Day|
|Observed by||Various countries|
|Date||First Sunday after Labor Day (USA)|
|2012 date||September 9|
|2013 date||September 8|
|2014 date||September 7|
National Grandparent's 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 and Grandfathers Day (see below for dates by country).
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 – and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community[clarification needed] 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 as: "...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[weasel words] the origin of the holiday resides with the efforts[clarification needed] 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[clarification needed] 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".
Official song of U.S. Grandparents Day 
Sample of "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa", the official song of the U.S. National Grandparents Day holiday.
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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."
Official flower of U.S. Grandparents Day 
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.
Grandparents Day[s] around the world 
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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 October 2011, and will be celebrate it each year on the last sunday of October. This year's Grandparents Day is being led by Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW). The Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia held their first Grandparents Day in 2012.
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.
Grandparents Day (vanavanemate päev) is celebrated, beginning in 2010, on the second Sunday in September.
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 started celebrating Grandparent's Day in 1979, a year after the U.S. started.
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 Mothers and Fathers Day. Businesses specialising in gifts and greeting cards have started merging the respective grandparents days with Mothers Day and Fathers Day to try to boost sales.
United States 
National Grandparents Day in the U.S. is the first Sunday after Labor Day, in September. It falls on September 9, 2012, then September 8, 2013.
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.
- Congressional Record, February 21, 1977, Joint Resolution S.J. Res. 24, 95th Congress, 1st Session
- Jimmy Carter: Proclamation 4580 - National Grandparents Day, 1978
- Carter, Jimmy. Greeting to Johnny Prill. 2010. National Grandparents Day. Web. <http://www.nationalgrandparentsday.com/PresidentJimmyCarter.html>.
- A Tribute to Hermine Beckett Hanna on Establishment of National Grandparents Day (House of Representatives - February 21, 1990)
- National Grandparents Council. Johnny Prill Wins National Songwriter's Award. National Grandparents Day. 14 August 2004. Web. <http://www.nationalgrandparentsday.com/NationalSongwritersAward.html>.
- Stabenow, Debbie. "Congratulations." Letter to Johnny Prill. 20 October 2004. National Grandparents Day. Web. <http://www.nationalgrandparentsday.com/DebbieStabenow.html>
- Seeger, Pete. Letter to Johnny Prill. March 2010. National Grandparents Day. Web. <http://www.nationalgrandparentsday.com/PeteSeeger.html>.
- "Grandparents Day". Queensland Government. October 14, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "Calendar of Events". Queensland Government. November 3, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "Debates (No. 247)". Debates of the House of Commons: 35th Parliament, 1st Session. House of Commons of Canada. October 25, 1995. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
- (Chinese) 教育部 99年第一屆「祖父母節」記者會活動
- Grandparents Day has moved to Sunday October 5, 2008 - Age Concern 2008-02-26
- "Grandparents in the United States Infographic". Gu.org. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- "Grandparents in the United States". Gu.org. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- National Grandparents Day Council official page (U.S.)
- Official song of U.S. National Grandparents Day
- U.S. Code 36 U.S.C. § 125, the law establishing the U.S. National Grandparents Day