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Thanks, Dad!

Readers share the many reasons they appreciate their fathers

African-American dad, granddad and son

Honoring fathers, the men who've shaped our lives. — Istock

Pretty much all of us appreciate our fathers, but we might not always take the time to tell them how very wonderful they are. And that's why there is Father's Day — an annual holiday that honors the men who've shaped our lives. To help celebrate, we asked members of our online community to share their letters of thanks to their dads. Here's a sampling, lightly edited, of what we received:

You are my hero

My truest friend, my father, died on Mother's Day. I'm sure he wanted to be with Mom on her day. His name was Casey, and he was a hero who always did the right thing and never said anything negative about anybody. Once you're gone, all that is left is your reputation and integrity. Dad nailed it! It wasn't a burden, but a privilege to care for both my folks in their declining years. No son could ever love his father more. I miss you, Daddy. Kenny

To the dad I never met

I never got to know you, since you died before I was born. I'm sorry your life was cut short and we never got to know each other and share our lives. But if all of what I was taught in church is true, then we will meet sometime in the future. Right now I'm taking advantage of being a dad to the fullest, knowing what my boys would miss if I were not here for them. ris2000

You've been a steady, safe anchor

Throughout my life you've always been there. Your love is constant, your support assured; the world is a safe place with you there. You taught me to love, and to make the world a safe place for others. I love you, Dad. sb5830

You'll be forever in my memory

My father was my best friend. He was 40 years old when I was born and my mother was 36. They were married for 50 years when my mother passed away. Their love and wisdom will be with me till the day I die. When you think of your father and mother and a tear comes to your eyes, you understand the power of love without speaking a word. td41206246

Thank you for dedicating your life to our family

I'm sorry I didn't fully appreciate my father while he was still with us. Only in my advanced age do I realize the many sacrifices he made to provide and care for all eight of us. We were his priority. He rarely allowed himself even the simplest of nonessential pleasures. I am blessed to have his work ethic, practicality and compassion for others. Thanks, Dad. Gonzaf

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