Father’s Day is believed to have been first observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, by Sonora Smart Dodd, a Christian woman and the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. Sonora’s mother died when she was age 16, and she wanted a day that would commemorate and honor fathers like her own, who had raised her and five other children.
She began soliciting the idea of an official Father’s Day, but she met some opposition and even derision, but she persevered. A bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson spoke at a Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington, wanting to make it an official holiday, but Congress still resisted. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge became involved, and in 1930 a national committee was formed by various trade groups in an effort to legitimize the holiday.
The battle continued, and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson made a proclamation for the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. Finally, it was made an official national holiday when President Nixon signed a similar proclamation in 1972.
The bible does not specifically talk about a day being set aside for fathers. But it does mention honoring fathers who were leaders or examples of excellence in certain skills. When Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, God told him, “I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5), clearly indicating fatherhood as a place of honor in his eyes. Thus, even though the Bible does not mention a Father’s Day, we can clearly see that God does recognize the importance of fathers and even gave them special honor throughout history.
My dad is like no other. He brought me into the family (I was adopted) as one of his own and nurtured me, taught me, dressed me, fought for me, held me, hollered at me, kissed me, but most importantly he loved me unconditionally. There are not enough words I can say to describe just how important dad is to me, and what a powerful influence he continues to be. Happy Fathers Day Dad I love Ya!