Honoring Parents Nationwide on the 21st National Parents Day 2014

Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. – On July 2014, UPF USA hosted an event in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., honoring parents nationwide on the 21st National Parents Day, a holiday inspired by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.

 

Honoring parents nationwide on the 21st National Parents Day – 2014

“We cannot thank the Parents Day organizers enough for this great work.   God created us male and female, and instructed us to replenish the earth.  But he didn’t just send children to earth to fend for themselves.  He provided families where parents take care not only of their physical needs but teach them values that they will need the rest of their lives.  The world is full of smart people, but many are lacking in values. Values are the mark of good citizens.  Parents teach by their example.  And children need both a loving mother and a loving father.  No career is more important the being a good parent.” – Elder Daniel Howard, Church of Latter Day Saints; honored with his wife as parents of the year for Virginia

At this July 30th event Master of ceremonies Dr. Michael Jenkins highlighted that Parents Day was the inspiration of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) and Congressman Floyd Flake (D-NY) co-sponsored the bill that was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994. “This has established that Parents Day is on the fourth Sunday of July each and every year as a national holiday.  Parents are recognized as the union of marriage in the image of God, male and female.  Parents sacrifice for and educate their children to be faithful to God and living for the sake of others.”

Two congressmen and four representatives of congressmen came to honor the Parents of the Year. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) was the congressional sponsor who arranged for our room on the Hill in the Cannon House Office Building. 

Honorees:

National Parents Day Parents of the Year for USA –  Rev. Willie and Sherion Weston, Chicago

National Parents Day Parents of the Year for USA
Rev. Willie and Sherion Weston, Chicago

 “My wife brings balance to my life.  She teaches me to perfect my messages.  My motto is ‘Make the necessary adjustments’. I have the highest regard for ACLC and Father and Mother Moon’s instruction to live for the sake of others.”   We are deeply honored (he broke down in tears) today.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude and deeply encouraged that the efforts we made to invest in our children as well as adopting others was truly God’s great blessing for our lives.”

National Parents Day Pastoral Parents of the Year Robert and Lola Waterman, Brooklyn, New York.  Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) recognizing Rev. Waterman of Antioch  Baptist Church, with Congressman Witmann (R-VA) in support.

National Parents Day Pastoral Parents of the Year
Robert and Lola Waterman, Brooklyn, New York. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) recognizing Rev. Waterman of Antioch Baptist Church, with Congressman Witmann (R-VA) in support.

“The Pastoral Parent of the Year is exemplified by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.  They have been like parents to all the members of the Universal movement.  Their attitude is “Not only my children,” but all of God’s children, no matter what race, denomination or nationality.  All pastors should have this mindset, that it is the only way to represent God, the Father, who is Father to all of his children.  There is no other way to transcend the barriers that divide us.  As pastors we have to complete the family for many children growing up without both parents.  That way when they marry, they can look back on the model of parenting they you offered.  That’s what Father Moon and Mother Moon are doing.  They are the models of caring for ‘Not only my child’.”

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’s Remarks 

“Rev. Dr. Robert Waterman is my friend, and back in Brooklyn he is known as a New School Pastor with an Old Testimony emphasis.  He has the wisdom of David, the courage of Joshua and the good looks of Joseph.  He has not only served his church and community, but he finds time to be a tremendous family man.”

Congressman Robert Witmann (R- VA)  Honoring the Howard Family,  Daniel Howard, Mrs. Howard and two sons Brandon and Nick., of Fairfax, Virginia

Congressman Robert Witmann (R- VA) Honoring the Howard Family, Daniel Howard, Mrs. Howard and two sons Brandon and Nick., of Fairfax, Virginia

Congressman Witmann’s remarks honoring the Howard Family

“I congratulate the Howard Family on their honor to receive the National Outstanding Parents award and recognition.  I appreciate and thank the National Parents Day Committee for all that you to done make sure families are recognized and models of good parenting are upheld.  It is an honor for me and my wife to be a part of this celebration. This is what makes our country special. I am honored to be a part of this great occasion and really want to see marriage and family in the traditional way with man and woman at the center protected and preserve.”

 

Bishop Franklin and Mrs. Larissa Fountain -   Bishop Bibleway Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut  honored by staffer on behalf of Congressman Himes of Connecticut

Bishop Franklin and Mrs. Larissa Fountain – Bishop Bibleway Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut honored by staffer on behalf of Congressman Himes of Connecticut

Bishop Franklin and Mrs. Larissa Fountain –   Bishop Bibleway Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut  honored by staffer on behalf of Congressman Himes of Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

Phil and Nicole Larsen of Apex, North Carolina; staffer presented award on behalf of Congressman George Holding (R-NC).

Phil and Nicole Larsen of Apex, North Carolina; staffer presented award on behalf of Congressman George Holding (R-NC).

Phil and Nicole Larsen of Apex, North Carolina; staffer presented award on behalf of Congressman George Holding (R-NC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles and Francine Neff – Parents of the Year for New Jersey (from Oakhurst)

Charles and Francine Neff – Parents of the Year for New Jersey (from Oakhurst)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sylveta Gonzales and Lawrence Gonzales – founders of the New School in New York

Dr. Sylveta Gonzales and Lawrence Gonzales – founders of the New School in New

Hundreds of inner city youth have gone to higher education, including Ivy League schools, because of the training in this highly recognized special school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Samuel Fisher, Richmond, Virginia,(shown with his grandson), honored with his wife Patricia as State Parents of the Year – award for excellence in parenting

Rev. Samuel Fisher, Richmond, Virginia,(shown with his grandson), honored with his wife Patricia as State Parents of the Year – award for excellence in parenting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Brian Duggan -   National Legislative Director for National Organization for Marriage

Mr. Brian Duggan – National Legislative Director for National Organization for Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Angelika Selle -  Chairwoman, Women’s Federation for World Peace - USA

Rev. Angelika Selle – Chairwoman, Women’s Federation for World Peace – USA

“You are revolutionaries, because the culture is going in the other direction.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Ricardo de Sena – President of UPF-USA

Mr. Ricardo de Sena – President, UPF USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event sponsors:  Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, American Clergy Leadership Conference, The Washington Times Foundation, Women’s Federation for World Peace and Unification, Universal Peace Federation and the National Organization for Marriage were the co-sponsors.

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