|Lester C. Hare, circa 1940|
Proclamation 3730 FATHER'S DAY, 1966 June 15, 1966
President of the United States of America
The third Sunday in June has for many years been observed as Father's Day. It is most appropriate that the Congress, enactment Ante, p. 201. of Senate Joint Resolution 161, has now given official recognition to
this well-established tradition.
In the homes of our Nation, we look to the fathers to provide the strength and stability which characterize the successful family.
If the father's responsibilities are many, his rewards are also great—the love, appreciation, and respect of children and spouse. It is the desire to acknowledge publicly these feelings we have for the fathers of our Nation that has inspired the Congress to call for the formal observance of Father's Day
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LYNDON B. JOHNSON, President of the United States of America, in consonance with Senate Joint Resolution 161 of the Eighty-ninth Congress, request the appropriate Government officials to arrange for the display of the flag on all Government buildings on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, 1966.
I invite State and local governments to cooperate in the observance of that day; and I urge all our people to give public and private expression to the love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this fifteenth day of June in theyear of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninetieth.
LYNDON B . JOHNSON
So there you have it...you can thank or blame LBJ for the official proclamation making dad's day part of our national culture. Hallmark investors are forever grateful.
It might be worth noting he also proclaimed that week in June National Oil and Gas week, which lines up fairly well with what a pastor I once knew said from the pulpit about Father's Day...as holidays go, it ranks a little bit ahead of National Donut Day and just a tad behind Groundhog Day.
For my part I am conflicted about this day, much as I was about my relationships with my dad and with my sons. Child rearing has given me some of my happiest memories and deepest sorrows. After many years and much reflection I've concluded fatherhood was way above my pay grade, but I gave it my best efforts.
As with most things in life you learn as you go, but sadly that sometimes means those on whom you are learning do not receive the best possible upbringing. I suppose it becomes incumbent on them to weed out the worst, retain the best, and add to their knowledge what they learn as they give the dear old dad gig a whirl.
Here's to all of us who have done our part to propagate the race...it's been our way of putting our mark or leaving our stain on the world.
Later, mcm fans...