Fun Facts You’ll Want To Share About Grandparents Day
Posted on September 12, 2015
Today is National Grandparents Day
and grandparents all over the world are being honored and celebrated. Grandchildren
all over the country take this day as an opportunity to let their grandparents
know how much they love them. School children have been preparing for this day
by making gifts for their grandparents and learning the official song. Many are
excited for a whole day to spend having fun with Grandma and Grandpa.
The official statute says the
purpose of Grandparents Day is, “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an
opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children
become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can
offer." This day is a wonderful reminder of the significance grandparents
have in our lives.
Why is there a Grandparents Day?
Grandparents day was the idea of Marian
McQuade. A West Virginian and mother of fifteen children, Marian had a lifelong
mission of supporting senior citizens. She began her campaign for a day to
honor grandparents in 1970. In 1971, she was elected Vice-Chair of her home
state’s West Virginia Committee on Aging. This same year she was also appointed
as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Marian’s mission didn’t stop there.
She continuously involved herself in campaigns advocating for elderly adults. She
served as President of the Vocational Rehabilitation Foundation, Vice-President
of the West Virginia Health Systems Agency, and she was appointed to the
Nursing Home Licensing Board.
To launch Grandparents Day, Marian
worked to get the support of political leaders throughout West Virginia. All of
her efforts paid off, and the first Grandparents Day was held in 1973 in West
Virginia. After much persistence, five years later it was nationally
recognized. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation in 1978 and
grandparents have been honored ever since.
Other countries all around the
world have established their own Grandparents Day. Poland led the way, holding
their first Grandparents Day in 1965. Since then, twelve other countries have
followed its lead. From Australia, to Italy, to Hong Kong and Singapore, grandparents
are nationally honored and recognized every year on Grandparents Day.
What is the official flower of National Grandparents Day?
The United States official flower
of Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not. These plants bear stunning tiny blue flowers
and have been used as a symbol of remembrance for centuries. In 15th
century Germany, the forget-me-not was worn by ladies as a sign of enduring
What is the official song of Grandparents Day?
“A Song for Grandpa and Grandma” by
Johnny Prill is the official song of Grandparents Day. This loving song is from
a grandchild’s point of view as he sings about how much he loves his grandma
and grandpa. He sings of all the different ways he loves to spend time with his
grandparents. Including, of course, “eating Grandma's cookies, boy they sure
This anthem has become a popular
song for kids in school and church programs all across the country. Many
children’s programs make a special trip to nursing
homes and retirement
communities on this special day to sing to the elderly who cannot be with
How many grandparents are there?
The majority of grandparents say
they think being a grandparent “is the single most important and satisfying
thing in their life.” And they sure do know how to show their love! Here are
some facts about grandparents that you might not know:
- There are over 70 million grandparents in the
United States today!
- Grandparents are taking care of their
grandchildren more than ever, with 2.7 million grandparents being main caregivers
and 7.2 million children under 18 living with their grandparents according to a
- Grandparents love to spend money on their
grandchildren. According to an AARP
report, 40% of grandparents spend over $500 on their grandkids in twelve
months. While most of this is on holidays and birthdays, grandparents are also
helping with education costs, medical or dental bills, and everyday living
- Grandparents stay close to their grandchildren.
69% of grandparents live within 50 miles of their grandchildren. When grandparents
do live a considerable distance away, they make sure they see their grandkids.
43% have traveled over 200 miles to see their grandchildren.
- 58% of grandparents say they talk to their
grandchild at least once a week. Grandchildren are coming to their grandparents
for advice now more than ever.
Fun Facts about Grandparents
Want to impress your family? Check
out these fun facts about today’s grandparents.
- More half the grandparents in the United States
- Samuel S. Mast of Pennsylvania holds the record
for having the most living descendants. He passed away in 1992, but he fathered
11 children, 97 grandchildren, 634 great-grandchildren and 82
great-great-grandchildren. That’s a big family!
- Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey were raised by
their grandparents. Talk about good influences!
- Many celebrities have become grandparents at a
young age. Loretta Lynn became a grandparent at age 29 and CeeLo Green at age
- Of the twenty women in the state senate, half of
them are grandmothers.
- Grandparents are becoming more tech savvy; more
than half are on social
media sites and share photos online.
- More than half of grandparents play video games
with their grandchildren. Now the kids are the teachers!
- Slightly more than 10% grandparents have tattoos.
Can you imagine what this number will be when the twenty-somethings of today
Here at Alert1, we
are dedicated to supporting grandparents and keeping them safe. They have
worked their whole lives to make a better place for their families and carry on
their legacy. They are an inspiration for us all. Cherish every moment spent
with grandparents and take advantage of the wisdom they have to offer you. Do
something grand for a grandparent today to show your appreciation. Grandparents
should not only be honored and celebrated today, but every day.
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