Happy Father’s Day!

21 06 2010

Today we celebrate fathers and the important role they play in all of our lives. Ever wonder how Father’s Day started in the U.S? Here’s a quick history lesson:

Sonora Smart Dodd

The idea for Father’s Day came from a woman named, Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, who was inspired by Anna Jarvis’s efforts to establish Mother’s Day in 1908. Dodd’s father, a Civil War vet, had to raise six children on his own, after his wife died in childbirth. Sonoma was so proud of her father and his selfless, loving spirit that she wanted to honor him. She was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in May 1909 and decided all fathers needed to be honored as well as mothers.

Sonora took her idea to the YMCA. They liked it and agreed to help publicize it. The idea got mixed reviews from the public. Some viewed it as a step towards filling the calendar with “mindless promotions.” Dodd wanted Father’s Day to be on her dad’s birthday, June 5th, but the YMCA didn’t have enough time to prepare. So on June 19, 1910, Dodd and those at the YMCA wore red roses for living fathers and white roses for the ones that had passed away. Dodd traveled by carriage from town to town delivering gifts to fathers who were sick or bed-ridden.

photo respects to http://www.goc.state.md.us

The first bill for Father’s Day was introduced to Congress in 1913. Father’s Day celebrations still continued in Spokane, and in 1916, President Wilson came to speak during their celebration. He wanted to make it official, but Congress feared it would become too commercialized. The holiday came against more opposition in the years after. It wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, a national holiday. Then in 1972, President Nixon signed the law as a permanent holiday and it finally received the official recognition it deserved.

So hang out or call your dad today and if you really want to treat him, take him to Playa Grill for a delicious Mexican dinner. He will thank you for it, and so will your wallet!




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