Once Upon a Time, Father's Day was Born...100 Years Ago
Sonora Smart Dodd.
Does that name ring a bell or have any importance to you?
Well, this Sunday you'll be celebrating Father's Day thanks to Dodd who originated this special day for fathers everywhere. Better yet, this Sunday marks the 100th birthday of Father's Day! That's right, Father's Day has been celebrated for 100 years. Now sit back, relax and let me retell the story of how Father's Day came about...
Once upon a time in Spokane, Washington, a young woman was sitting in church, attentively listening to the Sunday sermon on Mother's Day. It was the year 1910, two years after the first Mother's Day observance in West Virginia.
During this sermon, Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd realized something as she listened about the maternal sacrifices made for children -- it was her own father that made the sacrifices as he raised her and her 5 brothers...ALONE...after his wife died during childbirth. She realized fathers must also be recognized for their sacrifices and hard work, too.
And thus the idea of having a Father's Day was born and proposed. While the town of Spokane strongly supported it, it did receive a bit of criticism before it officially became an official observance in 1972, 62 years after it was proposed.
During the first observance, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one. Dodd traveled through the city in a horse-drawn carriage, carrying gifts to fathers.
Dodd wanted Father's Day to be observed on her father's birthday (June 5), but the ministers claimed they needed extra time to prepare sermons on the new subject of fathers. This is why Father's Day always falls on the third Sunday of June.
"Either we honor both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honoring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable."
Senator Margaret Chase Smith
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