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From the Freeland Family Photo Album of Canisteo, N.Y. cir

From Canisteo Times June 7, 1894 Children's Day

Children's Day was specially observed at the churches in his village on Sunday last. The baptist church was most beautifully decorated with a profuse collection of plants and flowers, arranged in a unique manner about the altar, in the midst of which a fountain sent forth a refreshing spray. The program of exercises by the members of the Sabbath school, given in the evening, was choice and very pleasing.


Plants and flowers were arranged in beautiful and please order about the altar of the Presbyterian church. The evening exercises by the Sunday school were very interesting as, also, was the report of the Y.P. S. C., E. convention at Bath, given by Miss Mabel Chamberlain,.


The Methodist Episcopal Church was also finely decorated in plants and flowers. The pastor gave a specially interesting address to the children at the morning service. The Sunday school carried out a well arranged program in the evening to a large audience, the church being filled to standing room. Rev. W. L. Cough and about thirty others were present from Hartsville. - Canisteo Times June 7, 1894


United States of America
Children’s Day observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The celebration of a special Children’s Day in America dates from the 1860s and earlier.

In 1856, Rev. Charles H. Leonard, D.D., then pastor of the First Universalist Church of Chelsea, Mass., set apart a Sunday for the dedication of children to the Christian life, and for the re-dedication of parents and guardians to bringing-up their children in Christian nurture. This service was first observed the second Sunday in June. The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended that second Sunday in June be annually observed as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the “the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day.” Numerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June including the African Methodist Episcopal Church[6] and the Church of the Nazarene[7].

Children's Day, was proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in October 2000. He declared that it be held on November 16th.

" National Child's Day" was proclaimed by the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, as June 3, 2001 and in subsequent years on dates in early June. In 2003, he proclaimed June 1st. In 2004, he proclaimed June 6th. In 2005, he proclaimed June 5th. In 2006, he proclaimed June 4th. In 2007, he proclaimed June 3rd. The White House Proclamation by the President of the United States of America, 2001

Nowhere in any of the proclamations did the President refer to the United Nations or the UN Resolution about Universal Child Day. It is important to note that The United States of America is one of only two countries in the world that have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As of November 2007, 193 countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, (UNCRC). The only other country that has not ratified the UNCRC is Somalia. United States position on the UNCRC
In 2007, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich issued a proclamation proclaiming the second Sunday in June as Children's Day. The mayors of Aurora and Batavia, Illinois, also issued proclamations. from Wikipeidia.org