Today is Father’s Day, so put down your smart phones and game controllers and pay a little more attention to your dad on his special day.
Some may say that this is a holiday dreamed up by a particular greeting card company, not true according to The Holiday Spot website. Here is an interesting history of how Father’s Day came to be.
“Father’s Day is celebrated popularly on 3rd Sunday in June in many parts of the world.
The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington.
A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.
Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
President Nixon, in 1972, established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
So Father’s Day was born as a token of love and gratitude that a daughter cherishes for her beloved father.
Roses are the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Enjoy your day.