Freedom. Liberty. As parents, these are the basic and most cherished responsibilities we assume for our families. To provide and protect our children's ability to be free. Free to learn, to love, to live.
America was established with these basic principles at its foundation. Today, they are front and center in our lives. And so, we introduce this year’s fodada Father’s Day tee...
The Liberty Design
Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has stood at the gates of a new world for many... a towering figure of refuge, protection, freedom and liberty. This gift from France was modeled after the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios. Constructed to celebrate Rhodes' victory over Cyprus and erected at the gates to the Island of Rhodes in 280 BC, the colossus sent a message to those who would consider bringing harm to the city again, and a symbol for all who valued their freedom.
By 1892, Ellis Island was established as a federal immigration station, just one mile away from Liberty Island, and the Statue of Liberty immediately became a welcoming landmark to arriving immigrants, a powerful symbol to those it watched over, and an intimidating reminder to anyone considering harming the nation or the people under its protection.
A poet, Emma Lazarus, submitted a poem to raise funds for the construction of the statue's pedestal, which is now engraved at the base of the statue. An excerpt from the poem:
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I will love you no matter the day, the time, or the circumstance. I will guide you, stand tall for you, and remain steadfast. My light will always shine should you need it. I will protect you, and your liberties and freedoms, for as long as I am here.
The Liberty Design is our collaboration with amazing artist, Katie Hopkins. With its subtle impression of the statue’s crown rays, the emanating light pushing back the darkness, and the poem excerpt bordering the image, it represents the liberty we all hold dear, for ourselves and for our kids.
Enjoy these pieces knowing what they stand for, and for what they provide in free programming to fathers and their families, both here and abroad.
Available in our ultra comfortable triblend both unisex crew neck Tshirts and women’s muscle tank. Olive color.