Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we at Unlimited Care Cottages wish to thank all those men who have done their best to take care of and provide for their children to ensure that they are happy, healthy, and loved.
The first observance of Father’s Day occurred on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, after Grace Golden Clayton suggested the idea to her pastor following the loss of her own father and the Monongah Mining Disaster of 1907 killed about 250 fathers, leaving close to a thousand children fatherless. However, Father’s Day did not become an official permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Nixon signed it into law and designated that it be held on the third Sunday of June. During the time between 1908 and 1972, there were several attempts to make Father’s Day official, but none fully succeeded.
In 1911, Jane Addams proposed a city-wide Father’s Day in Chicago, but was turned down. In 1912, Vancouver, Washington had a Father’s Day celebration and mistakenly thought that they were the first to do so. A bill to make it nationally recognized was introduced to Congress for the first time in 1913. In 1915, Lions Club International member Harry C. Meek claimed that Father’s Day was his idea and that it should be the third Sunday in June because it was close to his birthday, and the Lions Club has dubbed him the “Originator of Father’s Day.” He made several attempts to make it an official holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson spoke at a Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington. President Wilson wanted to make the holiday official then, but Congress resisted out of (perhaps legitimate) fear that it would become commercialized. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that the day be observed by the nation, but did not issue a national proclamation. Several years passed, and in 1957, Margaret Chase Smith, a senator from Maine, issued a proposal that accused Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, and singling out just one parent. The first actual presidential proclamation honoring fathers and designating the third Sunday of June was made by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. And then, finally, 64 years after the first celebration, President Nixon made it official.
Father’s Day is a time to honor those men who have sacrificed in the name of love and provided the best they could for their children, so enjoy the celebration and give thanks to all the great dads out there. Happy Father’s Day!
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