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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

This Sunday is the official day on which fathers are honored by their families. Some say that it began with a church service in West Virginia, others say a ceremony held in Vancouver, Washington. Regardless of when the first true Father's Day occurred, the strongest promoter of the holiday was Mrs. Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington. 

Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, a Civil War veteran, was left to raise a newborn and his other five children by himself, after being widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising them as a single parent.

In early days, wearing flowers was a traditional way of celebrating Father's Day. Mrs. Dodd favored the red rose to honor fathers still living, while white flowers honored deceased fathers. 

States and organizations began lobbying Congress to declare an annual Father's Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved of this idea, then in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge recommended that the day be officially observed by the nation. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June of every year as "Father's Day". Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972, putting the official stamp on the celebration.

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