Lt. Governor Francis Joins Governor deJongh in Honoring Territory’s Grandparents
Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis joined Governor deJongh to honor grandparents in a program held on Sunday, September 15, 2008 on the island of St. Croix.
Francis spoke briefly about the importance of Grandparent’s Day and the need for to recognize the grandparents throughout the community. “We need to celebrate all that our grandparents have done to move the Virgin Islands forward and tell them how much we value their roles in teaching and nurturing this and future generations of Virgin Islanders.”
Grandparents and their families were entertained by the Bully and the Kafooners, the Central High Choir, the Claude O. Markoe Chorale, mocko jumbies and the quadrille dancers from Pearl B. Larsen School. A highlight of the event was the traditional storytelling by Mrs. Janice “Auntie Janice” Pemberton-Tutien. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the traditional dances, music and tales of “the olden days”.
National Grandparents Day is a non-secular holiday that is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979. Grandparents Day began in 1970 as the brainchild of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker who wanted to establish a special day to honor grandparents. McQuade also hoped to champion the cause of the lonely elderly in nursing homes and to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage that only grandparents could provide.
A program honoring grandparents in the St. Thomas/St. John district was held on September 7, 2008.
Photos: Courtesy of Rafael Llanos, Jr.
Lt. Governor Francis at the St. Croix Grandparents Day celebration.
Lt. Governor Francis and Governor deJongh present an award to the island's oldest grandparent, Zephrine Antonia Thomas.
Francis joins the Pearl B. Larsen School quadrille dancers.
Francis compliments a vendor on their array of local fruits.