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President Jimmy Carter - National Grandparents Day

Jimmy Carter
39th President of the United States: 1977-1981

Proclamation 4679 -National Grandparents Day
September 6, 1979

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

As we seek to strengthen the enduring values of the
family, it is appropriate that we honor our grandparents.

Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to
the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly
affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they
are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of
the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation
also provides our society a link to our national heritage
and traditions.

We all know grandparents whose values transcend
passing fads and pressures, and who possess the
wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are
usually free to love and guide and befriend the young
without having to take daily responsibility for them,
they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure
and close the space between generations.

The Congress, by joint resolution (H.J. Res. 244), has
authorized and requested the President to designate the
first Sunday of September following Labor Day of each
year as National Grandparents Day.

Now, Therefore, I, Jimmy Carter, President of the
United States of America, do hereby designate Sunday,
September 9, 1979 and the first Sunday following
Labor Day in each succeeding year as "National
Grandparents Day."

I urge officials of Government at the national, State,
and local levels, and of voluntary organizations to plan
appropriate activities that recognize the importance and
the worth of the 17 million grandparents in our nation.
I urge all Americans to take the time to honor their own
grandparents or those in their community.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this
sixth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen
hundred seventy-nine, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and fourth.

Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter

In 1978, Congress passed legislation proclaiming
the first Sunday after Labor Day as National
Grandparents Day and then-President
Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.

Jimmy Carter was the recipient
of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize,
the only U.S. President to
have received the Prize after
leaving office. Before he
became President, Carter
served two terms as a Georgia
State Senator and one as
Governor of Georgia,
from 1971 to 1975.

After leaving office, Jimmy
Carter and his wife Rosalynn
founded The Carter Center in
1982, a nongovernmental,
not-for-profit organization that
works to advance human rights.
He has traveled extensively to
conduct peace negotiations,
observe elections, and advance
disease prevention and
eradication in developing
nations. Carter is a key
figure in the Habitat for
Humanity project.
Johnny Prill receives a personalized photo from former President Jimmy Carter
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