Father's Day Message from the Mayor


Father’s Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. However, most are not aware of how Father’s Day came to be. To fully appreciate the day,we must look at the history of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was started by Ann Reeves Jarvis in the 1860s, she saw the deep division in the nation due to the Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis took it upon herself to bring unity by honoring the mothers of both Confederate and Union soldiers, it was called Mother’s Work Day. The common bond of honoring mothers was her way of helping the nation heal and be progressive. As well to remind us there is more that unites us than divides us. But it was not until Anna Jarvis (the daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis) decided to honor her mother in the pursuit of making Mother’s Day a national holiday. Through grit anddetermination,she was able to get retailersto offer special services and gifts, the profitability and popularity led to a federal resolution in 1914 marking the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day.The success of Mother’s Day helped to inspire Father’s Day. The movement was started in 1908 by a West Virginia Church that sought to honor 362 men who had tragically lost their lives in a Fairmont Coal Company mines explosion. It did gain momentum until Sonora Smart (who lived in Spokane, WA) was inspired by the dedication of her father, who raised herand her five siblings by himself after their mother died. She worked with local churches, government, and businesses to make it a grand event. It started a tradition that was officially recognized in 1924.Both holidays commemorate the sacrifices and the efforts our parents make for us. My father Willie J. May Jr. to this day remains a great example of what a father should be. I watched my father strive not for greatness but in all humility to honor his faith, love his wife, and inspire his children to change the world. My father opened many doors for me that I could not open myself without his guidance and encouragement. I do not consider myself a great man, but the son a great father and inspiring mother (Annie May). My parents are notperfect but they strive towardperfection. They were there to encourage me when I felt like giving up. They are there to remind me and my siblings that it is our responsibility to carry on the legacy of faith, family, and community. I have learned to cherish the moments I have with them due to the frailty of life itself. The lessons they taught me will always stay with me and my hope is I could be at least 1/10 of the decent human beings my parents were to me. To all the fathers and mothers, thank you for what you do. Parenting is difficult at best, it tries your patience and fills you with fear at times. But it is also the most rewarding job there is, so please be gracious with yourself and never be afraid to ask for help. I would encourage us all to honor our father and even our mother on this Father’s Day. Be gracious with your parents and know they are trying the best they can to love you well and provide for you. For those who have lost parents,my heart bleeds for you and you are in my prayers. For those in foster care,I pray you to find your forever homes whether through reunification, adoptionor kinship; anduntil that day,you are in my prayers. Be well Estherville and remember to be good, be great and be Estherville Strong!!! ¡Feliz Día del Padre!Best Regards


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