Saturday, June 19, 2010

Father’s Day Celebrates a Centennial

fathers_day_006 Sunday, June 20, is not just Father’s Day – but the 100th celebration of the day set aside to honor fathers and those who act as a father figure – stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and others. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 55 of the world's countries and on other days elsewhere.

Father's Day came about through the efforts of 27-year old Sonora Smart Dodd. While listening to a church sermon in 1909 about thesonora dodd new Mother's Day holiday, Dodd felt that fatherhood needed recognition and wanted a special day to honor all fathers, in memory of her own father, William Smart. A Civil War veteran, Smart was widowed when his wife  died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old. Smart raised the newborn and his other five children as a single parent on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
The following year with the assistance of her pastor, Sonora took the idea to the Spokane YMCA. The YMCA and the Ministerial Alliance, endorsed her idea. Sonora had suggested that her father’s birthday, June 5, be established as the first Father’s Day. The pastors needed time to prepare, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the third Sunday in June. Young YMCA members  went to church wearing a red rose in honor of a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one.
In spite of support from the YWCA, YMCA, and churches, Father’s Day took years to become an official holiday.
  • In 1913, Congress introduced a bill to accord national recognition of the holiday.
  • In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day.
  • In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.
  • In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the public law to establish a permanent national observance of Father's Day on the third Sunday of June.
On this special 100th celebration of Father’s Day, be thankful, if your father remains in your life and remember to thank him too. Unfortunately, my father and Grenville’s have gone many years ago, but are not forgotten.

These are some photos of Grenville’s father as a young boy, sailor, and young man shown with his sister.
Pat Dad 1 Pat Dad 2 scan0005Pat Dad-AuntThese photos show Beatrice’s dad as a young man in formal attire at a wedding with his sister and then on his wedding day.  Dorothy Dad-Aunt mom-dad wedding portrait happy-fathers-day


Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely post. Thank you. And, Happy Father's Day!!!!

Anvilcloud said...

I think I feel as old as Fathers Day. Not really: I had a decent sleep last night for a change.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

We don´t have fathers day over here until late october, or is it november? I´m not sure since I never got the chance to celebrate it with my father (no he wasn´t dead, just gone)Happy fathersday to all fathers out there!

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful post and I love the old photos!

Life Looms Large said...

Great old photos!!

I didn't know the history of Father's Day, or realize that it is celebrated in other countries as well.

Thanks for the scoop!


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi everyone and Happy Father's Day to all who are father, grandfathers, uncles, etc. Grenville and I had a nice road trip today to the area Staples which is "just down the road a bit" at 90 minutes away.

Lois - so nice you stopped in and glad you enjoyed the post.

AC - good that you got a good night's sleep so you could celebrate today.

And I had read Christer, that Father's Day is celebrated at different times in various countries. It is unfortunate that you never got to know you father and it was his loss as well.

The old photos are such fun, Mona (Montana Girl) and I wish I had more of my father. I'm planning to post more oldies in future posts. It's good to look at them even if they were "before" our time.

Life Looms Large - I know what you mean because I didn't know ths history of this celebration either and certainly learn a lot of things myself. That's what keeps posting interesting and information for me and hopefully others too.

Thanks all for your comments. Have a good rest of the evening.

Ginnie said...

My father has been gone for 52 years but I remember him so well. I adored him and am happy to say that he knew that !
I loved the photos.

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