REAGAN’S VERSION OF FATHER’S DAY
In preparation for Sunday — Father’s Day — here is Ronald Reagan’s official presidential proclamation of the event, issued in 1984:
“Through acts of courage, of selflessness and of love, fathers have lifted, inspired, and blessed the lives of those around them. It is fathers who have such a major role in giving their children guidance, leadership and direction and teaching them integrity, truth, and humility. Children will forever remember the father who is devoted to his family, anxious for their welfare, proud of their successes, and whose example is a beacon to them. He has left them with memories that have enriched and molded their lives,” the president noted 33 years ago.
“The love fathers express involves friendship, compassion, partnership, and unity. It inspires affection, confidence, trust, and self-control. It can never be separated from character, from devotion, from good humor, and from every tender virtue. Fathers also provide that discipline that begins with concern and commitment and example.”