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The Origin of Father’s Day

Welcome to our May Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on all things Father’s Day…it’s only a few weeks away! Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Leah at Briick by Briick on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all the articles featured here today.

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The Origin of Father’s Day

The Origin of Father's Day ~ Found on ScrutinizingLife.com

Did you know Father’s Day wasn’t a national holiday until 1972?  According to History.com, a church in West Virginia sponsored the nation’s first event to honor fathers. On July 5, 1908 in this church, the Sunday sermon honored the memory of 362 men who had died in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines.  It was a one time event and did not become a holiday.  

The following year in Spokane Washington a young woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by her widower father, tried to set up a holiday for male parents as Mother’s Day was established for female parents.  As her father’s birthday was in June, she wanted to honor his selflessness, his sacrifices and his love during that month.  Her idea  eventually caught on and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

President Woodrow Wilson was the first U.S. President to celebrate the day in June of 1916.  President Calvin Coolidge declared it a national holiday in 1924 but never signed an official proclamation.  In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared by official proclamation, the third Sunday in June to be Father’s Day.  In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure creating a permanent recognition of Father’s Day by requiring an annual presidential proclamation.

Every year, the giving of a Father’s Day Proclamation continues with each President of the United States.   The following are excerpts from the Father’s Day Proclamation given by President Ronald Reagan on May 20, 1981:

“There is no institution more vital to our Nation’s survival than the American family. Here the seeds of personal character are planted, the roots of public virtue first nourished. Through love and instruction, discipline, guidance and example, we learn from our mothers and fathers the values that will shape our private lives and our public citizenship.”

“On Father’s Day each year, we express formally a love and gratitude whose roots go deeper than conscious memory can recite. It is only fitting that we have this special day to pay tribute to those men — our natural fathers, adoptive fathers and foster fathers — who deserve our deepest respect and devotion. It is equally fitting, as we recall the ancient and loving command to honor our fathers, that we resolve to do so by becoming ourselves parents and citizens who are worthy of honor.”

Ronald Reagan

And then there is this wonderful quote by an unknown author:

4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad’s idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day {it really should be a joint Parent’s Day!}, should be celebrated every day.  As a parent {be it a father or mother} never takes a day off from parenting, we, as children, should never take a day off from celebrating their sacrifices, their guidance and their love.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers {and to the mothers who are both mother and father} 

Father's Day Collage~ScrutinizingLife.com

My Son-In-Law, Colin Cordima with his son, my grandson, Christian

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The next stop is Rhonda at MultiTaskingMaven on Living with Style Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!

Final Blog Hop Lineup:

  1. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  2. Abby Winstead at Winstead Wandering
  3. Laura Gelnett at Making It Happen Together
  4. Brandy VanDeKop at The Dutchman’s Wife
  5. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  6. Karissa Ancell at A Fresh Start
  7. Leah M. Briick at Briick by Briick
  8. Dianne O’Donnell at Scrutinizing Life    << you are here
  9. Rhonda at MultiTaskingMaven
  10. Pam B at Hey, Miss Adventures!
  11. Cristi Wuenschel at The Keeper of the Memories
  12. Keisha Sibert at Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams
  13. Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof
  14. Pam Bennett at The Birch Cottage
  15. Ann Fontaine at The Clumsy Wife
  16. Lisa Milligan at Harmony and Happiness
  17. Kendra Sawyer at Wonderland Kind of Mind
  18. Ellen Ocampo at Baby Boo Gifts
  19. Fanny Seto at Living Richly on a Budget

 

15 thoughts on “The Origin of Father’s Day

    • You are too kind Brandy!! I actually have 4 grandchildren (I like to pretend they are my nieces and nephew because I feel too young to have grandchildren!!) I did enjoy writing this post 🙂 It’s always nice to know the origin of special celebrations! I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

  1. This is such an interesting article on the origination of Father’s Day. I often times think men get undersold on their holiday..we claim they are too hard to buy for and they often say don’t get me anything. Yet, they deserve to be honored and celebrated as much as mothers. Not gift is too small for a special man in your life who has decided to become a father. He sacrifices much for his family. Thanks for such a touching reminder.

    Leah
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