I bring greetings to you all on another warm summer day. I'm thankful for it after having had several colder and often rainy days for a week or more. Actually it was lovely yesterday too, but we weren't home. We left early last Thursday morning for an overnight visit to Lancaster, Pa., area. We had a great time traveling with some 50 other seniors to our destination on a chartered bus. I plan to write a feature on it soon, but I need to get my mind back to normal first. Thus I am going to refresh your minds about two special June days.
The first special day is Flag Day and it is believed it was first celebrated in 1885 when BJ Migrant, a schoolteacher, arranged it for the pupils in Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6. Soon thereafter it was spoke of in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and public addresses. Cigrand continued to advocate observing it as "Flag Birthday" or "Flag Day."
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned ceremonies for the school children, and later his idea of observing Flag Day was adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration. The 1891 following year, the New York Society of Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
Another Flag Day was held in 1893 when the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25 unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the flag on June 14.
It was 1894 when the governor of New York declared that on July 14 the flag be displayed on all public buildings and soon other associations organized a Flag Day celebration too. In 1914, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane delivered a Flag Day stating the flag had spoken to him on the morning of June 14 saying, "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
After three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 was, officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. It was celebrated in various places for years after Wilson's proclamation, but it was not until Aug. 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed and Act of Congress designation June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. I urge you all to fly your flag today as you remember that it stands for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the United States of America, our great country.
Father's Day is the second special holiday celebrated in June. On Sunday, June 17, father's are honored in our country. The first one took place in 1910. It was the dream of Mrs. John Dodd. She wanted to honor fathers, and particularly her father whose name was William Dodd. He had raised a family of six on the western frontier after his young wife had died. Fathers today do not face the trails of their ancestors, but being a good father takes real dedication.
According to Shakespeare, "It is a wise father that knows his own child." To know a child one must spend time with him. Often fathers are too busy earning a living to share with their children.
Bill Cosby once said, "In these trying years, as I have said and can't say too often, a father just has to keep hanging around, loving and knowing that his baby needs guidance because its rudder hasn't started working yet. More a dad has to do everything in his power to keep a tight ship, even though he knows the crew would like to send him away in a dinghy."
I believe fathers should portray masculinity. They should be the second authority and example in every home, after God. However, I'm concerned about a vanishing masculinity that was once in abundance, but is often set aside in today's world. A dad should be an honest to goodness man who is discerning, decisive and strong-hearted who knows where he is going and confident enough in themselves and to God to get there.
Fathers should not be afraid to take the lead, to stand tall and firm in their principles even when the going gets rough. Dr. Jim Dobson has said they should have "tough love" as they rear their children. The above qualities in a father cause their wives to respect and honor them. Someone once said the most important thing a dad can do for their children is to love and respect his wife and I agree.
Solomon said not to withhold correction from a child. He further stated, "A father who loves his son will correct him." That includes a daughter also.
Unfortunately, for many reasons, there is no dad in some homes. Sometimes there is a grandfather, relative or other man who will help fill in providing a masculine influence on the children in that family. That is good, but if no one else is near, a church family can often help and give advice to the head of home were the dad is absent and share some activities with them.
I wish all of you fathers out there a blessed and happy Father's Day. I also remind children, whether young or older, honor your father this Father's Day in some way. Let him know how much you love him and thank him for all he's done for you since the day you were born. If your dad is no longer living, wish a friend's dad or someone else that has been an influence in your life a happy Father's Day. Expressing love to others, especially on Father's Day, is always appreciated. I'm sure that dads like hearing it from their wives also.