When Is National Grandparent’s Day and Who Created the Secular Holiday Celebrated In the United States?

In 1969 a sixty-five-year-old Atlanta man named Michael Goldgar returned home from visiting an aunt confined to a nursing home and realized that most of the elderly were treated as burdens by their children and grandchildren.

He thought of earlier times when the elderly were a source of wisdom and the nucleus of a family.

Goldgar began a seven-year campaign, including seventeen trips to Washington, D.C., at his own expense before President Jimmy Carter signed legislation making Grandparent’s Day the Sunday after Labor Day.

when is national grandparents day and who created the secular holiday celebrated in the united states

As a result, more than four million cards are sent each year to grandparents.

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