Where Did Father's Day Come From?

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Real Estate Agent with The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate)

origins of fathers day,happy fathers day,fathers day holiday,who created fathers day,national holiday fathers day, mrs john b dodd fathersThe idea of a Father's Day holiday was first concieved by Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Spokane Washington in 1909.  She wanted an honored day to remember her father William Smart, a Civil War veteran.  He was widowed after his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child.  As a widower. he single-handedly raised their children on a farm in eastern Washington state.

Mrs. Dodd desired to have this holiday celebrated on her father's birthday, the first Sunday in June however the Spokane council couldn't get that to pass and designated the third Sunday in June as the day for the city's celebration on the holiday.  At about that same time, many towns and cities across the country were celebrating similar days, most in June as well.  In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge backed the idea of a national holiday for the same purpose, but it was not until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson actually signed a proclamation officially declaring the third Sunday in June as the national Father's Day.

origins of fathers day,happy fathers day,fathers day holiday,who created fathers day,national holiday fathers day, mrs john b dodd fathersThe official flower of this holiday is the white or red rose just as is true for Mother's Day. Mrs. Dodd was the one who suggested that people wear a white rose to honor a father who was deceased and a red rose for a father who was living.

Have a GREAT FATHER'S DAY weekend and thank God for your Father this weekend!

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Steve Hoffacker
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Steve, thanks for sharing this history, and a Happy Father's Day to you. And here I thought the day was created by Hallmark and the other greeting card companies. :)

Jun 13, 2008 10:13 AM #1
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Larry Bettag
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I'm flagging this....this is really good stuff....This is apprapro coming into this weekend. 

Jun 13, 2008 10:18 AM #2
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Lori Franks
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Steve- Happy Father's Day and thanks for this post! Very nice trivia that I didn't know and am glad I do now!

Jun 13, 2008 12:38 PM #3
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Gary Woltal
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Steve, you find some good stuff. I knew none of this background.

Jun 13, 2008 05:06 PM #4
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Michael Thornton
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Steve, Good historical blog. I never took the time to do the history of Father's Day. 

P.S. You are right about this being an Apache Server.

Jun 14, 2008 04:52 AM #5
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Robert Machado
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And I though Hallmark had invented Father's Day.  Have a good one.

Jun 14, 2008 10:28 AM #6
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I had no idea how it came to be.  So glad you posted this.

Jun 14, 2008 11:00 AM #7
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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Flushing, NY

Hello Steve -- excellent post. Learned something new today and enjoyed every minute doing so. Have a happy father's Day. Regards, C.

Jun 14, 2008 10:17 PM #8
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Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL

Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers here on Active Rain.

Jun 15, 2008 07:06 AM #9
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Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Steve - Thanks for sharing the story about the history of Father's Day.  Hope you had a great day.

Jun 15, 2008 09:01 PM #10
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Arina Hanciulescu
KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas, NV
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Steve, Thank you for the great post. I was about to write one just like this one about the roots of Father's Day history. It is fascinating story. But I am glad I did not do it because your post is beautiful.

I did wrote an post about the Mother's Day history and what story is behind it... IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT TRUE LOVE. 

Jun 17, 2008 01:50 AM #11
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Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
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You are right Steve!  Spokane!!  Being a new father, I now have a new appreciation for this day! :)

Jun 17, 2008 11:19 AM #12
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