Sunday, June 20, 2010

History of Father's Day

Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.

At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day.".

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.


I am lucky to have a wonderful father and even luckier to have a husband that is a wonderful dad to my little girl. I am also blessed to be surrounded with MEN who are a wonderful father to me in one way or another. To all of you, Happy Father's Day!


Anne said...

pagka historical oi.... tnx for d info mi... before matug greet ko kay dave happy papa day...

I know how lucky you are to be his behalf... english ni ayaw palag... :-)

Bitaw have a good day!

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