Mrs. John B. Dodd,
of Washington, first proposed the idea of a
"Father's Day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a
special day to honor her father, William Smart. William
Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife
died in childbirth with their sixth child.
Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and the other
five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern
Washington state. It was after Dodd became an adult when
she realized the strength and selflessness her father had
shown in raising his children as a single parent.
The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in
Spokane, Washington. At about the same time in various
towns and cities across America other people were
beginning to celebrate a "Father's Day."
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a
national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon
Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the
3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
Father's Day has become a day not only to honor your
father, but all men who act as a father figure.
Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and male friends are
all to be honored on Father's Day.
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My dad helped pick
the midis. --Eireann
What Makes A
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a
morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad.
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