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West Virginia's Holiday Legacy


Grandparents' Day


In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for grandparents. Through concerted efforts on the part of civic, business, church and political leaders, this campaign expanded statewide. The first Grandparents' Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore. In 1978, five years after its inception in West Virginia, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaimning the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. Semptember was chosen for the holiday to signify the "autumn years" of life.


Senate Resolution honoring Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade

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e-West Virginia Grandparents' Day Information