From Neglect to Appreciation: A Look at The History of Father's Day.

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Father’s Day Poem

A father's love is like a beacon,

Guiding us through life's rough sea,

With strength and wisdom as our anchor,

He sets our spirits free.

Through laughter and through tears,

He's always been our rock,

With open arms and listening ears,

He's heard our every talk.

He taught us how to climb a tree,

And how to throw a ball,

He showed us how to be strong,

And how to stand tall.

He's our protector and our guide,

Our confidant and friend,

And on this special Father's Day,

We want his love to extend.

So here's a toast to all the dads,

For all the love you bring,

May every day be Father's Day,

And your love forever sings.

The History Of Father’s Day

The history of Father's Day dates back to the early 20th century. The first known observance of Father's Day was in 1908, when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd organized a memorial for her father in Spokane, Washington. Dodd's father, William Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single father who raised six children on his own. Dodd felt that fathers should be honored and recognized in the same way that mothers were on Mother's Day, which had been celebrated for several years at that point.

Dodd's idea quickly caught on in the local community, and the first official Father's Day celebration was held on June 19th, 1910. Other towns and cities across the United States began to observe Father's Day as well, but it was not yet a national holiday.

In the 1920s and 1930s, various groups, such as the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers and the National Retail Druggists Association, began promoting Father's Day as a way to increase sales. However, it was not until the 1960s that Father's Day became a more widely recognized and celebrated holiday.

President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a presidential proclamation in 1966 declaring the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law making it a permanent national holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Today, Father's Day is celebrated all over the world as a day to honor and appreciate fathers, grandfathers, and all men who have played the role of a father figure in someone's life. It is a day to give gifts, make special memories, and say thank you for all the love and support that fathers provide.

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