FATHER’S Day is just around the corner – giving you a chance to celebrate hard-working dads by showing them just how much you care.

This year, it falls on June 16. According to one tale, Father’s Day first began because of a woman named Grace Golden Clayton from Fairmount, West Virginia.

Orphan, Grace, lobbied her local Methodist ministers for a church service to honour fathers in 1908. The story goes that she was inspired to do this after a mining disaster killed 362 local men. Their deaths orphaned more than 1,000 children and Grace wanted to pay tribute to the children’s dead fathers – as well as her own.

Another story involves the daughter of a civil war veteran, Sonora Smart Dodd, from Arkansas. While listening to a sermon for Mother’s Day, Sonora became convinced of the need to celebrate dads too. She then campaigned to her religious leaders for a special service dedicated to fathers.

In 1966, President Johnson designated that the third Sunday in June should be Father’s Day. Six years later, Father’s Day was made a permanent national holiday in the US when, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

Fathers play an integral role in the family, not only serving as the backbone for support to the mothers but to lead and direct the well being of communities and the nation by extension. Their role as protector and provider cannot be understated.

A wonderful Father’s Day to all the hard working dads at SLASPA. You and your efforts cannot go without due recognition, caring for your families all while serving as Chief of Ports Police, Chief Pilot, General Manager, Operations Supervisors, Director of Airports and Seaports and in many other critical roles such as Air Traffic Controllers, Mechanics, Technicians, Clerks and Operators of heavy machinery to name a few.

To you gentlemen we tip our hat! Well done!



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