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Fathers Day Turns 100 years Old
FATHER'S DAY is a day in the United States
set aside in order to honor fathers in homes, communities and churches. It
is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June each year.
A Spokane, Washington woman, Mrs. Sonora
Smart Dodd got the original idea for Fatherís Day in 1909. She was inspired
to do this for fathers after hearing a Motherís Day sermon at Central United
Methodist Church in Spokane.
The following year with the assistance
of Reverend Dr. Conrad Bluhm, the pastor at Sonoraís present church Old
Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church), she took the
idea to the Spokane Ministerial Alliance. Sonora suggested June 5 (her
fatherís birthday) be established as a day honoring all fathers, but the
pastors felt they needed more time to prepare sermons. June 19, 1910, was
established as the first Fatherís Day and sermons honoring Fatherís were
presented throughout the city.
It took over a decade for the Fatherís
Day idea to gain national prominence. The idea became nationally approved
and was made official by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and President
Calvin Coolidge recommended a national observance of the occasion of
Father's Day in 1924. He wrote that this observance was set aside in order
to, "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children,
and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations." In 1966,
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation calling for the third
Sunday in June to be recognized as Fatherís Day and requested that flags to
be flown that day on all government buildings. President Richard M. Nixon
signed a proclamation in 1972, permanently observing Fatherís Day on the
third Sunday in June.
Fatherís Day is currently celebrated in
over 50 countries around the world. The red or white rose is recognized as
the official Father's Day flower.
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