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Father's Day and Its Origins

Aug 17, 2007
Fathers are important for the development and state of every child. This time of year gives special thanks and consideration to those men who went above and beyond to give their children special reflections. The 3rd Sunday in June honors our fathers in their hard work, in the nation's security and assisting our mothers in raising the children in happy and difficult times. It is vital for every individual to give thanks to their fathers that helped in the growing and hard work to keep food on the table and a loving place to grow up as productive adults.

Father's Day was started by Sonora Dodd. When she became an adult she realized how fantastic her father was. Sonora has 5 siblings. Her mother died while giving birth to the last of the children. Sonora's father, William Smart, took control of the situation and struggled immensely to feed, house and clothe 6 children as one was a newborn baby.

Sonora appreciated the sacrifice her father performed while the children began to grow. As she became an adult she saw a Mother's Day Festival and realized there should be a day for the fathers. She started to petition lawmakers in the U.S. to make this a national holiday. In 1924, the lawmakers maintained the ideas of a traditional Father's Day, especially President Coolidge. However, this magnificent day did not become a national holiday until 1972 when President Nixon finally signed the bill.

Between the years of 1924 and 1972 when Father's Day became a national holiday many individual began constructing their own celebrations. There were committees that were designed to begin rallies in honor of fathers everywhere. Before this day became a full holiday, churches and individual heard of Sonora's fight to bring national recognition to her cause.

Certain churches and individual held festivals and parties for fathers everywhere. Even though this day began in the backwoods of Washington State it is now a world-wide tradition. This day honors fathers from all walks of life that has dedicated their time and energy to their children.

Father's Day is a time to reflect on the good with every individual's family. Each person has trials and tribulations with their parents. However, on this fantastic day the fathers of the world deserve respect and recognition for what they have contributed to their families.

Men have taken on many burdens in life, they have fought in wars, they have worked their fingers to the bones in order to feed and clothe their families. Fathers have come home in the evening and played ball with their kids, eating dinner together as a family, assisting in homework and reading bedtime stories. They have played Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

These men have sacrificed their sport cars and seasonal ball game tickets for their children's college education and medical bills. Father's Day is the time to say thanks and show how much you appreciate how a true dad spends their time.
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