Father's Day was established in the early 20th century in America-and whom a father is and what he means to each person is different.

Some people have one father, others have two or more and a father is not always one's biological dad. There also are many people who no longer have their father, as they passed away.

Father's Day is a reminder of the important role dad plays in children's lives.

Cassandra Hale, a 2008 Brainerd High School graduate, lost her father when he passed away two years ago and she will never forget him. Hale, who works as a supervisor at the Brainerd Public Schools Fun 'N' Friends child care program, said on Father's Day, June 16, she will bring flowers to her father at the cemetery.

"What Father's Day means to me is celebrating the important guy in your life, and that is my dad," Hale said, so she will visit him in spirit. "My dad taught me a lot. The main thing he taught me was being respectful and being yourself.

"My dad was very outgoing, he knew a lot of people. He liked the outdoors. He liked fishing. Me and my sister would come along and go fishing with him or spend time in the garden with him."

A youth volunteer and a few of the youths who attend Fun 'N' Friends at Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd this week shared what Father's Day means to them.

Cylie Backstrom, 15, a Fun 'N' Friends youth volunteer staff member, said Father's Day means "saying how much you love your father and how much you appreciate him and thanking him for everything he has done for you in your life."

Backstrom worked with young people to make a "thumbs-up card" and she also made one for her father.

"My dad is very loving," she said. "He has the best humor. He always knows how I am feeling and depending on how I am feeling, he can always cheer me up. He is very gentle and he's an amazing father."

Affinity VandenArend, 10, who is going into fifth grade in Brainerd, said on Father's Day she is going to celebrate with her dad.

"He is the best dad ever because he is himself and he is nice and kind," she said.

Cora Hodgman, 4, worked hard on making her card for her father, cutting out each piece carefully.

"My daddy is so nice to me and he is respectful to me," Cora said. "I'm making him handprints and a little person of him. My dad is really nice."

Logan Erickson, 6, Brainerd, was coloring an "All About Dad," art piece, where he had to write about his father's favorite things. Logan wrote his father's favorite colors are green and yellow, but he didn't know what he would write about his father's favorite food. Logan said he and his dad like to play video games together, including Mario Brothers and Legos, and read comics.

"My dad means a lot to me," Logan said. "My dad is kind and has a bald head."

Another Fun 'N' Friend participant-Seven Loving, 11, Brainerd-talked about Father's Day said she thinks a father "should be there for you whenever you need him the most when your mom's not there."

Seven said she was going to make a card for her grandpa, but he died.

"I am making a card for my mom because she is like a dad and a mom to me," she said.

Hallmark considers Father's Day to be the fifth largest card giving holiday, according to Wilstar, a website about holidays, health, history and other interesting topics from around the globe.

Other items from Wilstar about fatherhood include:

• While Mother's Day has the record for most phone calls, Father's Day has the most collect calls;

• In America, observers spend more than $1 billion every year buying gifts for their father;

• Children whose fathers are involved in their lives in a beneficial way tend to do better in school and stay out of trouble;

• Scientists polled over a thousand adults to find that 28% felt their fathers had the most influence on their lives, 53% chose their mothers and 15% credited both parents the same amount;

• About 80% of post-World War II children grew up with two biological married parents; and

• About 35% American children live without their biological father.

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report Thursday, June 13, of the demographic profile of fatherhood based on 2014 data. It found out of the 74.7 million fathers in the United States, 66 million either have been or are currently married. The Men's Fertility and Fatherhood report shows nearly 3 in 4 fathers are currently married or 73.4%, 12.9% of fathers are divorced, 3.2% are widowed, 2.3% are separated and the remaining 8.2% of fathers have never been married.

Among men aged 30 to 34 who are or were married, 72.8% have a biological child, the release stated. By comparison, 26.3% of never-married men of the same age have a biological child.

Men who have never been married also tend to have fewer children than those who are currently or previously married. That is due in part to the fact they are younger, on average.

Nearly a third of men who are or have been married, or 31.7%, have three or more children, compared to just 3.1% of never-married men.

"Roughly three-quarters of men who live with biological or adopted children under age 18 eat dinner with those children between five and seven nights per week, regardless of the age of the children," the report stated. "Outings with children are also associated with positive child development and are an indicator of parental involvement. Around 40% of men in all family types take young children on outings at least three times a week."