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The Story of Father’s Day

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Father’s Day, contrary to popular , was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more . In fact when a “father’s day” was first proposed there were no 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 ) in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the 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 are all honored on Father’s Day.



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