Father’s Day

I know it’s not for a few days yet, but I thought I’d write a post about this celebration before Sunday, June 15th.

The day honours fathers and fatherhood. It was created as a compliment to Mother’s Day, which was the creation of American Anna Jarvis.

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The first Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. The real day was on June 19, 1910. She had approached her pastor and suggested June 25, for her father’s birthday. But the pastors didn’t feel they had enough time to prepare their sermons, and so the celebration was deferred to the 3rd Sunday of June.

There was much debate about this issue. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916; U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in 1924; Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith in 1957; U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. Finally, in 1972, the day was officially recognized as a permanent national holiday when U.S. President Richard Nixon signed it into law. Amazing, isn’t it?

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  1. Know I’m a little late here, but feel that Fathers Day needs to be recognized a little more. Mothers Day receives all the glory due our wonderful mothers, but the dads seem to get a little neglected. My dad and mom were wonderful parents, I couldn’t have picked better myself and I like to give kudos to both.


  2. All cynicism aside, yours is the most concise and informative history of Fathers’ Day I’ve come across, And you even mentioned our beloved late senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith!
    Thank you for the like and a Happy Fathers’ Day to you


  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe both Fathers’ and Mothers’ Days were lobbied for by the Hallmark Greeting Card Co. Though I’m certain there were well-meaning sentiments behind both. And the holiday has survived into the era where we no longer have Fathers and Mothers. It’s all about Dads and Moms. And shopping supplements blasting forth pages of consumeristic junk. That most of us (whether Mothers or Fathers–excuse me, Moms or Dads) could live well without.


  4. I’m glad that Sonora Dodd did’nt give up on making Fathers’ Day a national holiday… Though there are few who are really worthy of the honor these days, they’re are some diamond’s out there who truly deserve it- like the Creature’s Daddy… He is a rare gem who genuinely loves her and puts her (& her Mommy) first… He deserves the very best and thanks to Sonora Dodd, he (& others like him) will be recognized and honored… (* purrs)*♥


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