On this Father's Day I wanted to bring light to the fact that we have many Dad's serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that cannot be home with their Children. I am sending out my Father's Day wishes to them. May they know we are thinking of them always and hold them close to our hearts and prayers.
I want to send all of my friends and visitors a Happy Father's Day and hope your day is Grand!
I found some interesting information and wanted to share some quotes about "Fathers" that I would like to share with you.
"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child." - Knights of Pythagoras
~ THE HISTORY OF FATHER'S DAY ~
Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards.
In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards!
Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.
At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day."
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.
"Children have more need of models than critics." - French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
"There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence" - 18th Century English lexicographer Samuel Johnson
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." - Bill Cosby
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." - Sigmund Freud