Grandparents Day Slips By Many Coast Residents

Some people say they forgot, while others claimed they never heard of it, but for the record, Sunday was Grandparents Day.

In 1978, the U.S. Congress passed legislation proclaiming a National Grandparents Day. The month of September was chosen to signify the "autumn years" of life. That same year, President Jimmy Carter officially proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

The origins of Grandparents Day begin with the work of Marian McQuade. Mrs. McQuade worked on behalf of the elderly, particularly those in nursing homes. She was concerned about the loneliness that many residents of the nursing homes faced. She also felt that grandchildren were not sharing in the wisdom and heritage that grandparents could offer. So she began her campaign in 1970 to set aside a special day for grandparents.

The first Grandparents Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1973. But on the Coast, Grandparent's Day caught many people by surprise.

"I forgot totally about it...I don't even know when Grandparent's Day is ever," Gulfport resident Michelle Boudreaux said.

And she wasn't alone.

"No, I wasn't aware it was Grandparent's Day. It's just a normal Sunday for us," said Randy Lund.

But whether you forgot or if you remembered, it's never a bad idea to take a moment to say hello to your grandparents.

By Brian Johnson