As we celebrate Father’s Day today, and before I pay honor to my dad, let’s talk about the history of the day. You see , it is important to know the reasons why we celebrate what we celebrate and not just going along for the sake of going along. With that said, in my research I found that Father’s Day was created and inaugurated in the U.S. back in the 20th century to of course complement Mother’s Day.
After the success of promoting Mother’s Day, people decided that they wanted to create a similar holiday for other family members and it was Father’s Day that was chosen as the one most likely to succeed. Credit for the modern day holiday can be given to Sonora Smart Dodd, whom after hearing a sermon honoring Mother’s Day, told her pastor that fathers should have a similar day. After all, her father William Jackson Smart, was not only a Civil War veteran, but also a single parent who raised (6) children on his own after his wife died during childbirth, and it is because of this that she felt he should be honored. Well, fast forward to 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. However, the day was not made a permanent national holiday until 1972, when Richard Nixon signed it into law.
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