Theodore's World: Thank You Happy Fathers Day

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June 17, 2007

Thank You Happy Fathers Day

Male members from the Joint Task Force and Australians located in Baghdad got together to celebrate Fathers' Day in Iraq.

My father has passed away but this is one of my favorite photos of the two of us. We both loved the fall and winter months and he would always held me build a snowman. He was a man of honor and loved this country. He is the one that taught me why we live in the land of the free and took us on many trips around the United States to show me the historical places like Arlington, Washington D.C., Mount Vernon etc. to teach me as much as he could about this very special country, America.

It was Fathers who preserved our Freedom from tyrants in WWII.

It was Fathers who froze at the Chosin, preserving our Freedom

It was Fathers who went to a far away place called Vietnam to preserve our Freedom

It was Fathers who went to Grenada, Panama, Iraq and now the War today.

Thank you to all Fathers for Protecting and Defending us through the years


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.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 17, 2007 12:57 AM


Happy Father's Day to God our Almighty Father!
And to the fathers of the Bear Nation bloggosphere...the same wishes and tidings...
you were fathered well!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at June 17, 2007 03:19 AM

Yes--Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers out there.

Posted by: Lynn at June 17, 2007 05:40 AM

My Father taught me values thru example. Honesty, compassion, patriotism, dignity and humility. He was a great man and a loyal American. He died too soon, but he lives on in my respect for him. I hope I will have been half as much a man after I am gone.

Happy Fathers Day.

Posted by: TomR at June 17, 2007 01:16 PM

Ane also to the newest daddy in our family--Dustin Blanton, who's son was born yesterday in Jacksonville, NC--Dean Harrison.
Congratulations. You are going to be a fine father.
Happy first father's day.

Posted by: Lynn at June 17, 2007 04:27 PM

Lynn that is great, congratulations to Dustin. How wonderful.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 17, 2007 11:09 PM