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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.”

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