Holidays - All About Father's Day!
Father’s Day surprising dates back to only 1909. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was the oldest of six and was raised by her father. Her mother died during childbirth with their sixth child. Her father, Jackson Smart, was a civil war veteran and raised all six children alone on a farm, in Spokane, Washington. It wasn’t until Sonora was an adult, listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, made up her mind to establish a day to honor fathers because of the selflessness and strength her father had shown.
The Spoken Ministerial Association and the YMCA helped support the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910, just a couple weeks after Sonora’s father’s birthday. On that day, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one.
Father’s Day took another 62 years before it became an officially recognized holiday. Some thought it would become too commercialized, and some resisted the idea, making fun of it. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that the third Sunday in June be set aside for a national holiday. President Lyndon Johnson signed a similar proclamation in 1966, but Father’s Day didn’t become an official national holiday until President Richard Nixon’s proclamation in 1972. Sonora Dodd, the driving force behind the holiday, died March 22, 1978.
Father’s Day is now celebrated in every part of the world. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries, it falls on the third Sunday in June. It has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, and grandfathers are all honored on this day now.
Father's Day is June 17 this year so don't forget to let your father know how much you love and appreciate him this year. Here's one of many websites that gives FREE FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS to help make it special.
DHC Comfort wishes every father a happy Father's Day this year!
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