Did you know that Father’s Day is not even 100 years old? The origin of Father’s Day is up for debate, with arguments ranging from a “card” on a rock dated to almost 4,000 years ago, to simply Henry C. Meek of the Lions Club International having the first celebration in 1915.
In America, we can thank Sonora Smart Dodd for her life-long commitment in making Father’s Day a fully recognized national holiday. She was raised by her father, a Civil War veteran, along with her five siblings and wished for a holiday in conjunction with Mother’s Day. It started with a church service in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.
In the United States government, it took over 10 presidencies for Father’s Day to become a national law, with only 4 presidents actually taking action.
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea for Father’s Day
1924 – President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea
1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day
1972 – President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law, making it a permanent holiday
All of that history certainly brings a new perspective to the tradition…
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