Fathers Day Celebration

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Dear Colleagues, On Sunday 17th June we celebrated Father’s Day, honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. On this special day, I am once again reminded of the words by General Douglas MacArthur in June 1942 when he was named National Father of the Year. The honour came three months after he moved his family to the Philippines to lead the U.S. Pacific campaign of World War II, a level of honour and responsibility realised by few men. His statement in receiving the award truly revealed his heart and priorities. “By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder — infinitely prouder — to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, (and daughter) when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle but in the home.” If you have lost your dad, Father’s Day probably isn’t your favourite day of the year. One way to honour and remember your dad and his legacy, may be to do something that he loved. We will be thinking of you on Sunday! I really enjoyed reading, “What I've learned over 20 years of Father's Days” (a chance to cherish your children) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/fatherhood/learned-20-years-fathers-days/ Happy Father’s Day for Sunday! Regards, Tanya