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Fathers Day Turns 100 years Old
on June 20, 2010

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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