While the United States is known for hosting many national holidays, one day in particular that Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant believes deserves more attention is Children’s Day. In fact, the day is not yet considered a national holiday, kindling Legislator Grant to champion a resolution that gained unanimous support calling for that to change that will be forwarded to President Trump.
“The issues children in America face, ranging from foster care, adoption, health care, crime protection, education, and a variety of others, are necessary to be given wide-scale public attention. Now more than ever, the children of Buffalo and Erie County need commitment from their community to encourage and support them, and let them know we want them to succeed and grow into healthy adults” stated Legislator Grant.
Legislator Grant’s resolution mentions the history of the day, first beginning in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1856 as a day to baptize children. It was then declared a national holiday by the Republic of Turkey in 1929, but is not annually recognized nationally in the United States.
In our own country, President Bill Clinton first took note of the day, proclaiming it to be held on October 11th, 1998 in response to a letter from an 8 year old girl inquiring if he would make a Children’s Day to celebrate youth. The second time the Day was recognized was by President George W. Bush, proclaiming June 3rd, 2001 as National Children’s Day, and in subsequent years it has been observed on the FirstSunday in June.
Children’s Day will be celebrated in Erie County on June 11th, 2017, and Legislator Grant hopes the day will be established permanently to annually celebrate and recognize the joy and happiness children bring to their families and the community at large.