Father's Day is the story of a daughter's love

Every year on the third Sunday of June, we celebrate Father's Day. It is a day for thanking fathers for their love, support, companionship and guidance. While Father's Day may have always been a part of your life, have you ever wondered how the tradition started? Well, it actually began with a daughter who felt fathers should have the same kind of observance that already existed for mothers.

The story goes that in 1909, a young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was sitting in a Spokane, Washington church. She listened to a Mother's Day sermon and thought that her father, a Civil War veteran who raised her and five other children after the death of their mother, should also have a day of observance.

The next year, Dodd went to city officials to petition for a Father's Day holiday. While she had wanted June 5 to be the big day, the city officials pushed it back a couple of weeks to have more time to prepare the festivities. Thus, the first Father's Day took place June 19, 1910. The celebration included young women presenting their fathers with roses at a church service. Dodd, with her infant daughter in tow, even took homebound fathers gifts and roses.

As the years passed, Father's Day grew and received support from a variety of people and organizations. While Mother's Day was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1914, it was not until 1972 that Father's Day received similar treatment when President Richard Nixon signed the holiday into law.

Just as it took time for fathers to finally get their day, so too did it take time for fathers to start receiving more equitable treatment by the courts in regards to child custody, visitation and other important rights. If you are a father who is battling for fair treatment while going through a divorce, you may wish to solicit the services of a family law attorney. Father's deserve to be able to spend time with their children on Father's Day and all year long.

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