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National Grandparents Day History
National Grandparents Day came to fruition through the grassroots effort initiated by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade and her husband, Joseph in 1970. She worked with civic, business, church and political leaders to first launch the day in her home state in 1973. In 1979, she achieved her bigger goal when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day a holiday, setting it on the first Sunday after Labor Day. September was chosen to signify the “autumn” years of life.
Together, the McQuades had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.