Honor your father 06-17-2011

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

This Sunday is the annual celebration of Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June, in which we honor dads with their special day.

Father’s Day was slow to catch on, although it was first celebrated in the early 1900s to honor the fathers who died in a mining disaster in West Virginia.

It was informally kicked around but gained momentum and national observances during the next 50 years or so.

Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a Father’s Day proclamation, and in 1972 under President Richard Nixon it was recognized as a formal holiday.

It’s a day that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many of us who live and work here on the 200 Corridor no longer have our fathers around. It’s also a sad fact that many fathers who are still living no longer have any contact with their children. We feel sure that those fathers are missed by those affected.

For those whose fathers are still a part of their lives, we encourage them to make an effort to call (don’t e-mail) on Sunday, and if you’re close enough, pay him a visit. And if he isn’t a part of your life, get in touch with him anyway. Time has a way of healing wounds, and it could be a happy day in both of your lives.

The success stories of fathers who raise families are often lost in the items about dads who do things that alienate their families. But those dads are in the minority. There are a lot of good fathers out there who are deserving of recognition on their day. Make sure they get the honors they deserve.

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