Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day 2011

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June month every year in many Countries including USA for honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

This year (2011) Father's Day will be celebrated on June 19th.

The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

In United States, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when the U.S President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when the U.S President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

U.S. President Barack Obama grew up without his dad, and has said that being a father is the most important job he has.

That's why the he is joining dads from across U.S in a fatherhood pledge. And he had published a book for Children.

Barack Obama says,

“Over the course of my life, I have been an attorney, I’ve been a professor, I’ve been a state senator, I’ve been a U.S. senator -- and I currently am serving as President of the United States. But I can say without hesitation that the most challenging, most fulfilling, most important job I will have during my time on this Earth is to be Sasha and Malia’s dad.”

It seems Father's Day is getting more commercial interest in recent years.
Father's Day Gift sales is growing every year.

We have collected lot of  Father's Day Quotes and you can send greeting cards for Father's Day from our Great Quotes Site

Watch below the video of few Father's Day Quotes Collection.

Obama's 2011 Father's Day Speech.
Watch below the Viedo of U.S President Barack Obama's Father's Day Address for this year.

You can read below the Transcript of this speech.

Hi, everybody. This Father’s Day weekend, I’d like to spend a couple minutes talking about what’s sometimes my hardest, but always my most rewarding job – being a dad.

I grew up without my father around. He left when I was two years old, and even though my sister and I were lucky enough to have a wonderful mother and caring grandparents to raise us, I felt his absence. And I wonder what my life would have been like had he been a greater presence.

That’s why I’ve tried so hard to be a good dad for my own children. I haven’t always succeeded, of course – in the past, my job has kept me away from home more often than I liked, and the burden of raising two young girls would sometimes fall too heavily on Michelle.

But between my own experiences growing up, and my ongoing efforts to be the best father I can be, I’ve learned a few things about what our children need most from their parents.

First, they need our time. And more important than the quantity of hours we spend with them is the quality of those hours. Maybe it’s just asking about their day, or talking a walk together, but the smallest moments can have the biggest impact.

They also need structure, including learning the values of self-discipline and responsibility. Malia and Sasha may live in the White House these days, but Michelle and I still make sure they finish their schoolwork, do their chores, and walk the dog.

And above all, children need our unconditional love – whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.

And life is tough for a lot of Americans today. More and more kids grow up without a father figure. Others miss a father who’s away serving his country in uniform. And even for those dads who are present in their children’s lives, the recession has taken a harsh toll. If you’re out of a job or struggling to pay the bills, doing whatever it takes to keep the kids healthy, happy and safe can understandably take precedence over all else.

That’s why my administration has offered men who want to be good fathers a little extra support. We’ve boosted community and faith-based groups focused on fatherhood, partnered with businesses to offer opportunities for fathers to spend time with their kids at the bowling alley or ballpark, and worked with military chaplains to help deployed dads connect with their children.

We’re doing this because we all have a stake in forging stronger bonds between fathers and their children. And you can find out more about some of what we’re doing at

But we also know that every father has a personal responsibility to do right by our kids as well. All of us can encourage our children to turn off the video games and pick up a book. All of us can pack a healthy lunch for our son, or go outside and play ball with our daughter. And all of us can teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and show them through our own example the value in treating one another as we wish to be treated.

Our kids are pretty smart. They understand that life won’t always be perfect, that sometimes, the road gets rough, that even great parents don’t get everything right.

But more than anything, they just want us to be a part of their lives.

So recently, I took on a second job: assistant coach for Sasha’s basketball team. On Sundays, we’d get the team together to practice, and a couple of times, I’d help coach the games. It was a lot of fun – even if Sasha rolled her eyes when her dad voiced his displeasure with the refs.

But I was so proud watching her run up and down the court, seeing her learn and improve and gain confidence. And I was hopeful that in the years to come, she’d look back on experiences like these as the ones that helped define her as a person – and as a parent herself.

In the end, that’s what being a parent is all about – those precious moments with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future; the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice; the opportunities to just be there and show them that we love them.

That’s something worth remembering this Father’s Day, and every day.

Thanks, and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Have a great weekend.

Google is showing below Doodle for this Father's Day. Note that this Doodle appears in selected countries only.

Google showed below "Father's Day Doodles" in the previous decade.

June 20th 2010 Father's Day

June 21, 2009 Father's Day

June 15, 2008 Father's Day

June 17, 2007 Father's Day

June 18, 2006 Father's Day

June 19, 2005 Father's Day

June 20, 2004 Father's Day (Global)

June 15, 2003 Father's Day

June 16, 2002 Father's Day

June 17, 2001 Father's Day

June 18, 2000 Father's Day

We can notice that all the Doodles created till 2005 are having "TM" symbol. But this "TM" symbol is NOT there in the Doodles that are created after 2005. I would like to know why Google had removed "TM" symbol from Doodle. If you know any details about this, you can share it thro' the comments.

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