We have observed Mother’s Day, and plans are being made for the observance of Father’s Day and later Grandparents’ Day. Let us remember that Children’s Day falls between those days of celebration.

I have a proclamation from President Barack Obama stating “November 20, 2013, as National Child’s Day.”

Quoting in part, “Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2013, as National Child’s Day. I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate activities, programs, and ceremonies, and to rededicate ourselves to creating the bright future we want for our Nation’s children.”

Mayor Lori A. Bell and staff of the town of Clinton are in the process of displaying banners stating “Happy Children’s Day—Second Sunday in June.”

I am asking every adult to please get involved in this celebration. We need to set good examples, being there for them, showing compassion, giving encouraging words, helping to build self-esteem, making them feel important, praising them, telling them that we love them and by all means having tough love.

It is my hope the news media recognize the children and everyone gets involved, not only on Children’s Day but every day.

Thanks in advance to all who participate in this celebration. Happy Children’s Day to all children, and may God continue to bless you.

Earnestine D. Gordon