In fairly recent years, the second Sunday of September has been reserved as a time to recognize and remember grandparents. September 11, 2011 will mark the 32nd National Grandparent’s Day. Grandparent’s Day is celebrated in September as it is the month which transitions us from summer to fall and likewise symbolizes the “autumnal season” of one’s life. The first Grandparent’s Day was held September 6, 1979 after a proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. However, this national holiday actually came to be due to the efforts of Marian McQuade, a mother of fifteen, grandmother and great-grandmother from West Virginia who believed that grandparents deserved a day of special recognition, that children and grandchildren could benefit from the wisdom and knowledge that older citizens can offer, and that more attention needed to be given to the lonely elderly population, both homebound and in nursing homes.