The third Sunday in June is officially recognized as Father’s Day. It was conceived and first celebrated June 19th, 1910 by a young lady named Sonora Dodd in the state of Washington while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in church.
She wanted to have a special day to honor her single parent father for the selfless devotion he gave his family.

Apparently it took a little while to catch on. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day. But it did not become an official day of recognition until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a law which made it permanent.

Thanks to a forward thinking young lady in 1910 the third Sunday of each June is now an official “Father’s Day” to honor dads all over the United States.

I received my traditional Father’s Day call from both my daughters; Gretchen and Amanda. Both were brief because they each have their own families now and things to do but I look forward to the annual calls and cards.

Happy Father’s Day to dads all over