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POSTED: June 22, 2009 10:27 a.m.
Last month we celebrated Mothers Day and today is Fathers Day. Fathers are special too, and they play a very important role in the family and in society.
So many times fathers are overlooked when it comes to their special day. A lot of attention is lavished upon mothers, but fathers also deserve recognition.
The Fathers Day celebration has been around since 1910. It did not become a national celebration until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that declared the third Sunday in June would be Fathers Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the law that made Father’s Day permanent.
Since the beginning of time, fathers have provided for their families. God gave men strength and agility to protect and take care of their dependants. There’s nothing too tough for  a dad to tackle.
It used to be that fathers worked long hours and spent time away from their families so he could make a decent living for them. Mothers, on the other hand, used to be solely responsible for taking care of things at home, creating a center of beauty and peace.
As society has evolved, however, the role of the father has changed. Most families are now two-income households, with the mother also working. Sometimes, moms work just as many hours as dads. Consequently, household chores have changed. Now fathers find themselves dropping off and picking up children from school, cooking dinner and straightening up the house.
Fathers attend meetings with teachers and help their children with homework. Dads read to the little ones at bedtime and tuck them in.  
Additionally, many fathers are rearing children by themselves these days. In addition to being the “breadwinners,” these hard-working men sit on the sidelines at soccer games, take children to the movies, fix little girls’ hair, make shopping trips and perform duties that both parents would normally undertake.
Many men serve as fathers in their homes and mentor other young boys and girls in their communities. These father figures and role models give unselfishly of their time, money and talent to make life better for others. They spend time mentoring, nurturing, training, coaching and counseling other people’s children so they, too, can have better opportunities in life.
Because of the many wonderful things fathers do to make this world a better place, we salute them today and every day. Their contributions are not taken for granted.
Take a moment to let your dad know he is appreciated. There are so many ways you can express your love and appreciation. Three simple words, I love you, will make his day. A big hug will also let dad know he’s special.
Why not take it a step further and take him out to dinner, buy him flowers or give him a special gift? Respect fathers and treat them like the kings they are.
 

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