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Subject: June 19th
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 11:29:30 EDT



Fathers Day is Sunday, Here is How Fathers Day Began

While listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora Dodd, of
Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day.
(PRWEB) June 14, 2005 -- Father's Day is a day of commemoration and
celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have
acted as a father figure in your life - whether as Stepfathers, Uncles,
Grandfathers, or "Big Brothers."

While listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora Dodd, of
Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day. Sonora wanted a special day to honor
her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed
when his wife died while giving birth to 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.

After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had
shown in raising his children as a single parent. 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 June 19, 1910.

President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national
Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential
proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon
signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972

Each year we celebrate by giving gifts and floral bouquets to our fathers,
men who have acted as a father figure in your life - whether as Stepfathers,
Uncles, Grandfathers, or "Big Brothers, or special friends."




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