National Child’s Day: New Holiday Established Due to Efforts of Two Local Fathers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  (WHNT) - All families should take note and mark the calendar:  November 20th is National Child's Day.

"This is a very important day," said Ron Gaither, the founder of the holiday.  "It's just like Mother's Day..Father's Day.. except we're doing it for the kids."

If you've never heard of it, it may be because it'a new holiday, enacted by Congress and President Obama because of the determination of two men in Madison County.

"The reference to this letter is the proclamation of National Child's Day," read Gaither from a letter he sent to the White House to try to make things better for all Americans.

"This is about action," said Gaither.

He said in 1990, he had an argument with his daughter and decided to do something to foster mutual respect between children and their parents.  Gaither has three children, two daughters and a son.

He sent letters to every governor in the country asking they set aside a special day to celebrate children, but got a dismal response.

"I think one governor responded," Gaither recalled.  It was the governor of West Virginia.

"I thought that was kinda bad," said Charles Hall, a longtime friend and former business partner with Gaither.  Hall has three children of his own:  two sons and a daughter.

At the time, Gaither was pitching the idea of Daughter's Day being on June 1st and Son's Day being on June 22nd.  Hall convinced him to combine the two proposed holidays into one day:  National Child's Day.

Then, he helped Gaither write letters to the White House explaining how the move might keep some kids away from trouble.

"If there was a better relationship between the parents, some of these children would not get in that situation," said Hall.

Twenty years later, on November 20, 2012, Congress passed it and President Obama issued a proclamation declaring November 20th as National Child's Day, certified in all 50 states.  President Obama sent him copies of the Proclamation.  And Gaither proudly shared a letter he received from First Lady Michelle Obama thanking him for the idea and his effort.

Some people make the argument that every day is child's day.  To those claims, Gaither answers, "It's certainly not every day.  It should be, but perhaps they'll catch on and make it every day."

Gaither and Hall recommend parents spend time with their children that day and start off with a healthy breakfast.

The two are working on special greeting cards people can purchase and send to their children in observance of National Child's Day.

1 Comment

  • Michael Kewl

    It is Child’s Day everyday in our households as this is just another bureaucratic action which accomplishes nothing but politics. Gaither & Hall have their own agenda in this.

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