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The motive for a National Grandparents Day originated
with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County,
West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the
cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes.
She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap
the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide.

President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day
would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
For 2008, Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 7th..

Grandparent Poems

To be a grandparent is not an easy job. Your grandchildren are counting on you to love unconditionally in a way that their parents can't. They're counting on you to listen, really listen, without judging right or wrong. It is often assumed that you have no life of your own, and that you only exist to be called on when you are needed. This of course is not true. At the same time do not miss this opportunity that you have been given, a chance for a relationship with the next generation.

Brief History

A synopsis of the purpose, events and persons central to the founding of the Grandparents Day.

Detailed History
Complete chronology of persons and process in making Grandparents Day a National holiday.

Grandparents Day Proclamation

Proclamation signed by President Carter establishing Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day Book

View photos, documents,
articles chronicling founding.

Highway Signs Erected
in honor of
Grandparents Day Founder

National Shut-In Day

Holiday for seniors first advocated for elderly shut-ins and nursing home residents.

WVU Archives Documents

Proclamations from forty + states, letters, articles, photos donated to West Virginia University.

Senate Resolution

West Virginia Senate honors Grandparents Day Founder.

The above information came from the National Grandparents Council!!
The National Grandparents Day Council is a non-profit corporation,
established by descendants of Marian H. McQuade,
Founder of National Grandparents Day.

The purpose of the Council is to enlarge and
enhance the celebration of National Grandparents Day
by cultivating intergenerational activities throughout the year.

"Our goals are to honor grandparents and to
strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
Additionally, we strive to draw compassionate attention
to the eldest of society's elderly--
those in nursing homes."
Their website is

Joseph L. McQuade, age 86,
husband of Marian McQuade
and behind-the-scenes cofounder
of National Grandparents Day,
passed away on March 17th, 2001
in Oak Hill, W. Va.

Please click on the following links to visit their website.

Grandparents of the Year 2003

Forget-Me-Not Heroes