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.
West Virginia's Governor, Arch Moore, announced the state's first Grandparents Day in 1973. McQuade, along with her supporters, continued to campaign for this special day by corresponding with media consultants and government representatives from each state. After the approval of the United States Congress in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation declaring Grandparents Day a National Holiday. Grandparents Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. September was selected to symbolize the autumn years of life. Click here to read more
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. Click here to read more
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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 2014, National Grandparents Day falls on September 7.
Johnny Prill recording "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa"
Johnny 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. Click here to read more
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. Click here to read more
In 2013, the Johnny Prill Band celebrated 27 years of volunteering musical entertainment at Courtney Manor Nursing Home. Each band member received a special recognition certificate from State Sen. Mike Green, which was also signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, a special recognition certificate from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and a special recognition certificate from U.S. Rep. Candice Miller. Click here to read more
In 2011, the Health Care Association of Michigan presented Johnny with their "Volunteer Of The Year Award." Click here to read more
In 2010, American folk singer Pete Seeger congratulated Johnny on his award-winning “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” song and also on volunteering his musical talents. Click here to read more
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 27 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.” Click here to read 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. 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)
"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."