We will be honoring all our fathers this coming Sunday, June 19th at all the services. Congratulations to all our dads! We will also be remember beloved fathers departed this life.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, WA. It was championed by Sonoma Smart Dodd who had lost her mother at age 16. Her father took over parenting the six children and Sonoma wished to honor not only her own father, but all fathers. (The idea came to her during a Mother’s Day celebration.) President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1927. He encouraged all states to do the same. It was not until 1956 that Congress recognized the day. Lyndon Johnson issue a proclamation in 1966. In 1972 Richard Nixon created a permanent observance on the third Sunday of June.