National Grandparents Day began with the compassion of Marian McQuade, who believed in recognizing the vital role of grandparents. This West Virginian housewife encouraged Americans to value the knowledge and integrity that grandparents possess. She called upon the help of political authorities, church leaders, and civic organizations to gather support for the cause.
The official song, "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa," captures the true meaning of the holiday. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow told Johnny: "It is wonderful that "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" was chosen as the official song of National Grandparents Day. You have put into words the unique relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren." The act of remembrance signified by the Forget-Me-Not makes it the perfect flower for Grandparents Day. The observance of this holiday has gained popularity throughout the years and continues to grow stronger.
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The National Grandparents Day Song "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" was written and recorded by Johnny Prill
.....National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. .....................In 2013, National Grandparents Day falls on September 8.
Johnny Prill recording "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa"
Johnny Prill has been called "one of the most creative songwriters of our time" (Bobby Vinton). From his hometown in Bad Axe, Michigan Johnny still possesses the same immense passion for music as he did when he first began playing at the age of eight. This zest is always apparent to anyone lucky enough to catch one of his shows. From a young teenager volunteering to entertain the residents of a local nursing home to the many clubs and venues he has performed at throughout the years, Johnny does everything a hundred and ten percent.
In 2004, Johnny received the National Songwriter's Award from The National Grandparents Day Council in Chula Vista, California. The award was presented in recognition of Johnny’s highly popular composition, “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” which is now the official song of National Grandparents Day. Johnny's song was chosen because it portrays the wonderful unique relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Johnny presents a free outdoor concert annually to celebrate National Grandparents Day. The concert is held at Courtney Manor Nursing Home where Johnny is their longest running volunteer, entertaining residents once a month for over 24 years. Johnny states, “They are our nation’s grandparents, and they are always so appreciative of the time I spend with them. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet so many interesting grandparents, and I hope I have the opportunity to meet many more.”
In a recent interview, Johnny had the opportunity to talk about has grandparents, his volunteer work at local nursing homes and what inspired him to write "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa." National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Johnny began his volunteer work at age 12 performing with his accordion at local nursing homes. In 2008, he received an award from Courtney Manor Nursing Home for volunteering his musical talents, once a month, for 22 years.
In 2011, the Health Care Association of Michigan presented Johnny with their "Volunteer Of The Year Award." Click here to read more
Johnny's songs have also been featured in numerous publications including Country Weekly, The Las Vegas Weekly, The Detroit News, and The Detroit Free Press.
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A Song for Grandma and Grandpa (song clip)
The National Grandparents Day Song was written by Award-winning Songwriter Johnny Prill and features a Children's Choir!
"Grandparents Day gives grandchildren across the nation the opportunity to show love and appreciation for their grandparents. Johnny Prill's A Song for Grandma and Grandpa is exemplary of such appreciation."
The National Grandparents Day Council Chula Vista, CA
"It is wonderful that A Song for Grandma and Grandpa was chosen as the official song of National Grandparents Day. What a special tribute to your talent as a songwriter. You have put into words the unique relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren."
"Johnny is one of the most creative songwriters of our time. His warmth and understanding blends itself into his lyrics and music. It's a pleasure to know Johnny as a friend and an equal pleasure to record his songs."