Sunday is Father’s Day, and if you are lucky enough to be able to visit with dear old Dad (or at least give him a telephone call), consider yourself most fortunate. Lots of folks have fathers who live out of town, are serving their country on foreign shores, or are no longer living. Sadly, many kids grow up never having the opportunity to know their father. For all of us, Father’s Day should be a time for contemplation and loving reminiscence.
The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration --101 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
The nice people over at the U.S. Bureau of the Census have sent us some interesting statistics to think about on this holiday:
NOTE TO DADS: Let’s agree to work on raising that last percentage…
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