a father is a great responsibility and a great joy. From
the moment their children are born, fathers face the daily
tasks of being mentors, protectors, providers, and friends.
Fathers take great pride in watching their children take
their first steps, learn to read, and attend their first
day of school. On Father's Day, our Nation honors fathers
across America, and we express our deep gratitude for their
selfless love and sacrifices.
Caring, decent, and hardworking fathers
give much of themselves. By offering unconditional love
and providing guidance and discipline, a father is a source
of stability and one of the most important influences on
his children. A father's example helps shape the character
and values that his children will carry with them into adulthood,
and the lessons he teaches remain with them for a lifetime.
By encouraging his sons and daughters to set high standards,
work hard, and make good decisions, a father shows his children
that they can meet life's challenges and be good citizens.
Responsible fatherhood is essential to a
compassionate society in which all children are surrounded
by love and taught the importance of respect, honesty, and
integrity. My Administration commends all those who are
working to strengthen the bonds between fathers and their
On Father's Day and all year long, we honor
our Nation's fathers and express our love and appreciation
for them. We also honor the many proud fathers who are serving
our country on the front lines of freedom. We are grateful
for their service and sacrifice, and we pray for them and
their families. These men have answered a great call, and
they set an example of duty and honor for all Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President
of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint
resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended
(36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 19, 2005, as Father's
Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government
to display the flag of the United States on all Government
buildings on this day. I also call upon State and local
governments and citizens to observe this day with appropriate
programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand this sixteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord
two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty ninth.
GEORGE W. BUSH