Father’s Day


Father’s Day is always celebrated the third Sunday in June.

This is a time to appreciate Dad and all he does for you. A father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us, who helps set standards, family values and sets an example. Stepfathers and other men willingly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, give your father figure recognition today. And call him “Dad.” (from Wikipedia)

And we should remember that there are many children who will not be able to celebrate Father’s Day because their fathers are serving their country elsewhere, and some will no longer have a father with which to celebrate the day.

History:  Born toward the close of the 19th Century, Sonora Louise Smart was the only girl among six children. While still very young, her mother passed away and rearing the young Smart tribe on the Western frontier fell to their father William, a veteran of the Civil War. In 1909, married and with a young child of her own, Sonora Smart Dodd became enthused with the idea of honoring her father—and all American fathers.

Her campaign succeeded when the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday). William Jennings Bryant was the first nationally known figure to recognize the importance of a day on which to pay tribute to our fathers. Presidents Wilson and Coolidge also responded with support for the concept.

In 1936, the National Father’s Day Committee was established to create greater awareness of the celebration and in a few years, Father’s Day grew to a nationally observed occasion. It was not until 1971, however, that a joint resolution of Congress made Father’s Day a national holiday.  (from me)


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