Don’t Miss National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day will fall on September 11 this year.

It might be easy to miss, coming as it does on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. And that would be a shame.

In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents, the U.S. Census Bureau said.

The campaign bore fruit in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

Did you know that there are 7.2 million grandparents in the country whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2014.

Of those, a full 2.6 million grandparents are responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2014.

Among these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.

Grandparents have a vital role in our society – as mentors, caregivers, family historians – even babysitters.

National Grandparents Day is a day to say “thank you” and to show how valuable they are.

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