Father’s Day 2011

My Father and Son

Father’s Day is celebrated across the globe to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood. This is the Father’s Day for me when I celebrate the reality of being a father myself. Our son is a great gift and it is fantastic to celebrate with him.

In addition to this being my first Father’s Day as a father, I want to honor my own Father, Mark Conard. I am proud of him and appreciate the care and love that he has for our entire family. Thanks for being a great dad!

Flag Day 2011

Flag of the United States of America
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Today is the 234th Flag Day in the United States. It was on this day in 1774 that the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. You may notice some more flags around this week on government buildings and in your neighborhood.

Will you celebrate Flag Day or National Flag Week? If so, why? If not, why not?

Labor Day

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882...
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Today is Labor Day, of which I did not know the origin until consulting Wikipedia, which reports:

“Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands ofthe U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2]Cleveland was also concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to theHaymarket Affair.[3] By the 20th century, all 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.”

Who knew? Not me, that’s for sure. In any case, I hope you have a wonderful day of labor, rest or a parade (See picture of the first Labor Day parade).