Today is National Grandparents Day and Aero Jet Medical Air Ambulance Authority encourages everyone to take a moment to call their grandparents and to reflect on those grandparents who are no longer with us.
Established as a National day of recognition in 1979, Grandparents Day was the brainchild of a West Virginia housewife, Marian McQuade. Mrs. McQuade initiated her campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents in 1970. Her efforts were twofold; to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide, and to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes.
Three years after starting her quest West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore proclaimed Grandparents Day in 1973, making this the first official recognition of the celebration. In 1979, six years after its West Virginia inception, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day (H.J. Res. 244 – 96th Congress). The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter on Sep. 6, 1979, and the day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation’s grandparents. Reportedly, September was chosen for the holiday, to signify the “autumn years” of life.
Here are a few interesting facts about today’s grandparents, according to the AARP:
- Grandparents spend $57 billion on their grandchildren each year.
- 43% of grandparents travel more than 200 miles to see a grandchild.
- 62% of grandparents are still working.
- The average age of the first-time grandparent is 47.
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