Happy Grandparents Day

Our gift to you, in honor of this once-a-year special day: This website. Dig in. Get comfortable. Welcome to the family.

By Jeff Beil

Check out our coverage of National Grandparents Day.

You're not going to believe this but there's a National Grandparents Day. Frankly, no one in my family had ever heard of it. Pretty embarrassing for a guy who works every day at Grandparents.com.

Here's the story. Back in 1970, Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, came up with the idea of a day set aside to encourage families to visit their elderly relatives. With a firm resolve to make it happen, she began lobbying policymakers. McQuade got through to her Senators, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd, who introduced a resolution to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. It took a while to reach the White House, but finally, in 1978, the resolution declaring National Grandparents Day as the first Sunday after Labor Day, was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.

Ok, wait it gets better. There's a Grandparents Day song. A guy from Bad Axe, Michigan named Johnny Prill recorded "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa." It's not exactly "When I'm 64" but it's not terrible. Take a listen: A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.

Catchy, right? Granted, the date and its accompanying ditty haven't drawn the popularity of say, New Year's and "Auld Lang Syne" or Christmas and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." Yet.

Bottom line, this Sunday, the law requires the President to call on the people of the United States to observe National Grandparents Day with appropriate pomp and circumstance. And gifts. One always needs to include a gift. So, the Grandparents.com team is ready to unveil our gift to you. Here's our website. No, here's your website. Unwrap it, use it, read it, write on it, yell at us, embrace us. We want you to treat the site as a member of your family and we're very happy to include you in ours.

Happy Grandparents Day!

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