Happy Grandparents Day 2013!
Seriously, it’s a real holiday. So gather up your kids around the computer and make a special video call to Grandma and Grandpa. They’ll love it and it will probably be a surprise because who knew that Grandparents Day was a real holiday?
Well, Jimmy Carter for one.
Carter made Grandparents Day a national holiday back in 1978. The holiday falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day and has apparently been celebrated for the last 35 years.
The US Census Bureau. “In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation’s grandparents.”
If you need a little more proof that Grandparents Day 2013 is a real holiday, here’s a message sent out by President Obama and the White House earlier this week.
In a Presidential Proclamation, Obama writes: “In every corner of our country and across all walks of life, grandparents are a tremendous source of wisdom, strength, and joy. They are caregivers, teachers, and friends — windows to the past and guideposts for the future. On National Grandparents Day, America pauses to honor the bedrocks of our families and thank every grandmother and grandfather for their immeasurable contributions to our country.”
Our grandparents’ generations made America what it is today. They led our Nation through times of war, heralded new ages of innovation, and tested the limits of human imagination. They challenged longstanding prejudices and shattered barriers, both cultural and scientific. In our homes and our communities, grandparents pass down the values that have led generations of Americans to live well and give back. As individuals, as families, and as a society, we have an unshakable obligation to provide the care and support our grandparents have earned. Together, let us guarantee the right of every American to live out their golden years in dignity and security.