Every June, we honor fathers. The first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1914, but a holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father's Day. President Richard Nixon made this proclamation permanent in 1972. But this doesn't mean that the holiday was not celebrated before this time.
The idea for Father's Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother's death during childbirth. While listening to a sermon at church on Mother's Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Because Dodd's father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month. The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. Library of Congress
On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed Hill an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.
by Paul on June 7, 2010
Yesterday, June 6, was the anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy in 1944.
The more attentive among you will have noticed that I haven’t been active with comments in the last while. Part of the reason is that I was in France for the last couple of weeks. [I know, I know. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it.] I was fortunate enough to get to Normandy where I took this picture of Omaha Beach.
It was an immensely moving experience to walk on the hallowed ground of the beach and then to climb up to the American Military Cemetery on the bluff above. I’ve been to other military cemeteries but, somehow, this one overlooking the beach where many of them died made it all the more poignant.
So many young lives were sacrificed to liberate Europe from tyranny. The cemetery was a sad but beautiful place. I was impressed by the large number and reverent demeanor of visitors to the cemetery. The French seemed to make up about 80% of the visitors.
There may be chatter sometimes about Franco-American relations (remember when French fries became “Freedom fries”?) but, judging by the number of American (and other Allied) flags throughout the region and the signs all over the place proclaiming gratitude for the Liberation, it is a great place to be an American.
“A roof to keep out the rain? Four walls to keep out the wind? Floors to keep out the cold? Yes, but home is more than that. It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father, warmth of loving hearts, lights from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship. Home is first school and first church for young ones, where they learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind, where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick; where joy is shared and sorrow eased; where fathers and mothers are respected and loved, where children are wanted; where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned; where money is not as important as loving-kindness; where even the tea kettle sings from happiness. That is home. God bless it!”
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