Happy Father’s Day!
Okay, you called Mom on Mother’s Day. You did, right? Good. So now we turn to Dad and his day. Yes, we know Father’s Day is a few weeks away but we want to make sure you get it on your calendar. Now, here’s a bit about how this special day came about to honor those very special guys we call Dad…
Sonora Dodd of Washington is credited by many as the person who brought about the national observance of Father’s Day when she decided to honor her father in 1910. Her father was a widowed Civil War veteran and raised Sonora and her five siblings as a single parent in rural eastern Washington State.
While Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed to be the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont in West Virginia in 1908, Sonora Dodd’s continuing efforts led to the eventual national observance.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924 and in 1926 the National Father’s Day Committee met in New York City.
Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1956 recognizing the observance of Father’s Day and President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring Father’s Day an official national holiday.
President Richard Nixon made it permanent in 1972 by signing into law a U.S. Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.
This year, Dad’s special day falls on June 16th. If your Dad’s a golfer, celebrating Father’s Day is easy because the final round of the U.S. Open is played on Father’s Day. Slip him a sleeve of his favorite golf balls along with a card, keep everyone away from the TV and let him watch it in peace with his favorite snacks and libations and you’ve made his day. Add The Three Stooges short Three Little Beers, which contrary to the title is the short where the Boys ‘shoot golf’ and you have a great segue from the end of the Open to dinner; which should be his favorite meal that caps off a Poifcet! Father’s Day.