Grandparents Day celebrated in Fortuna

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

More than two dozen community members celebrated Grandparents Day last weekend at the MGC in Fortuna. The afternoon was filled with laughter, trivia, crafts, games and root beer floats.

"Grandparents Day is a wonderful opportunity to bring the generations together," said MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett. "Our older generation holds the history and perspective, and our younger generation holds the future," she said. "Together, we can build a stronger community," Pockett added.

The trivia encouraged multigenerational interaction, with grandchildren working with grandparents to get correct answers. The youngsters also made beaded bracelets for their grandparents, and each grandmother was presented with a rose to celebrate the special day.

The first Grandparents Day was celebrated in 1973 in West Virginia. The idea was introduced by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia housewife. In 1978 the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. September was chosen for the holiday to signify the "autumn years" of life.

The purpose of Grandparents Day is three-fold: to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people have to offer.

Grandparents Day was celebrated at the MGC from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with many stories shared and an afternoon of generations playing together.

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Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Grandparents Day was celebrated by community members with a number of activities at the MGC in Fortuna.