Jun 20, 2010

Father's Day Wishes

The father bond is much different from the mother bond, in my mind described by words like:
  • Integrity
  • Strength
  • Resolve
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Honesty
I know I learned those things from my father, and from Beth's Dad as well.  Though they are not of this world, they live on in us.  Happy Father's Day. 

Give your Dad, Father, Papa... a call and/or hug today :o)

Father's Day is a day honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 55 countries and on other days elsewhere.

The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. After listening to a church sermon at Spokane's Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 about the newly recognized Mother's Day, Dodd felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition, as well.  She wanted a celebration that honored fathers like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his family alone when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old.

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.  US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents" In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.


  1. Wow... the politics behind the holiday is astounding..! Way cool entry!

  2. Happy Fathers day to all Dads out there ~ I really enjoyed reading this entry ~ Ally x

  3. The things I learn from reading your blog. Amazing information. Happy Fathers Day to daddies everywhere.

  4. Happy Belated Father's Day, Bucko.

  5. Great post Ken;great information on Father's Day. The sentiment you espoused in the beginning and close of your own comments are just as important. The attributes you mention certainly carried on through to the two of you.


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