Dads come in all shapes and sizes. Yes, I know it’s the day after…but, hey, every day fathers should be shown gratitude. Reading in Wikipedia, I got very interested in the origins of Father’s Day. They credit this from a tragic mining accident in Monoghan, W. Va. This disaster left over a thousand children fatherless. This tragedy spurred this idea and then, in 1903, there was a Father’s Day celebration.
Spokane,WA had the first Father’s Day celebration in 1908. Presidents Wilson, then Coolidge wanted this holiday to be a recognized, but, didn’t make it official. Then, in 1915, Harry Meek of Lions Club International is credited as the Originator of Father’s Day in 1915. He used his birthday,the 3rd Sun. of June of that year, as the designated day.
It didn’t become a nationally-recognized holiday, the 3rd Sunday in June, until Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1966 after decades of its promotion . All those attempts along the way paid off.
So, that’s the history lesson. But, really I just wanted to bring awareness of what a long struggle to bring Father’s Day as a national holiday. The original themes included those men who played a parental role as well as the the traditional dads.
So, this only child of deceased parents emailed a Father/Big Brother/Mentor/Friend a greeting as he plays a great role in my life! Make sure those strong men who are “father figures” are also thanked. And thanks to all those who promoted this holiday,too.