On the third Sunday in June, we celebrate some very special people in our lives, our fathers. This is a special day for dads when they are pampered by their children (and grandchildren) and wives, given gifts and honored for the way in which they enrich their family’s lives.
There are several stories as to the origins of Father’s Day, but there is no way of knowing which one is true. However, even though we do not know who the founder was or when exactly it was started, we do know who promoted this holiday with a great passion. This person was Mrs. John Dodd, who felt that her father was so outstanding he deserved to be honored. Her father was a special person for after fighting in the Civil War, he raised six children on his own after his wife had died.
Mrs. Dodd started the ball rolling by speaking with ministers around where she resided, Spokane, Washington, to see if they would have a church service dedicated to just fathers. She wanted the service to be held on her father’s birthday, which was June 5, but it was actually held on June 19th as her minister needed time to prepare such a service. After that, Washington as a state began celebrating “Father’s Day” on the third Sunday of June. When other states got wind of the celebration in Washington, these states wanted to have an annual Father’s Day, as well, and began lobbying Congress to dedicate such a holiday. President Woodrow Wilson approved Father’s Day in 1916, but it was not made a national event until 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge.
This Sunday, May 17, let us take a moment, or the whole day, and thank our fathers, or our father figures, for all they do for us and let them know what a special place they hold in our hearts and in our lives.