Locals reflect on what makes grandparents special this national Grandparents Day

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - They go by many different names- "pop and gram grams," said local resident Lucy of her grandparents, while Kentucky visitor Payton said simply, "Grandma".

Local grandkids and grandparents reflect on national Grandparents Day, Sunday September 8th. (WJHG/WECP)

But did you know Sunday September 8th is dedicated just to them?

Panama City Beach resident Bobbie Cheaney said, "Yeah I did" but her husband Steve admitted, "Well I did not"

According to grandparentsday.org, the day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, recognizing the first Sunday after Labor Day as national Grandparents Day.

We asked some local grandparents what is your favorite thing about being a grandparent?

"You can give them back," said Joan Waters. Bobbie Cheaney also said, "You get to turn them over after the end of the day and they go home to dad and mom."

Kentucky visitor Carroll said, "I can spoil them, send them home loaded with sugar and give them back."

Grandparents near and far are celebrating this Sunday like the Cheaney's whose grandkids live in Dallas.

"We drive all night to get there, and they drive all night to get here," said Steve Cheaney.

But for most kids, grandma and grandpa's love doesn't go unnoticed.

Local resident John said, "We want them the to know that we love them, and thank you for being caring."

Young brothers Tyler and Carter said they want their grandparents to know that, "We love them."

As for grandma's and grandpa's around the world, a common message for their grandkids, "To know that no matter what I love them," said Carroll from Kentucky.

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