Father’s Day is June 21st. It is a day designated to celebrate all that dad means to us. Some of our dads are soldiers, some are blue collar workers, yet all of them give love like no other. As children Dad is a superhero that can do it all, as adults we understand the hard work and sacrifice our fathers made in order to give us a better life. However, just as Dad worked hard to get us where we are today, it was long road to getting a national holiday too.
The first Father’s Day celebration took place on July 5, 1908 at a West Virginia church. The church service was dedicated to the 362 men that had lost their lives in a coal mine explosion the December past. It was a moving service, yet occurred only once. However, on the other side of the country a young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was working tirelessly to give honor to her widowed father that had raised 6 six children by himself. Sonora traveled from church hall to YMCA to business owners and government officials all over the Washington state area petitioning for a day honoring fathers. One July 10, 1910 the state of Washington became the first state in the nation to have an annual day celebrating fathers.
It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a declaration making Father’s Day a national holiday.
Each of our dads are unique and we want to know their story. So share their story with us in the comments below. What has your dad done for you that you hold dear to your heart? Is your dad a war hero that deserves to be honored? Help us honor dad this Father’s Day.