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Honoring All Dads With A Special Day [VIDEO]

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The idea for creating a day for honoring fathers began in Spokane, Washington.  Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 and she thought it would be only fair to do the same for fathers.  After her mother died it was up to her father to raise her and Sonora wanted him to know how special he was to her.  He made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.

Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the 3rd Sunday of June to be Father’s Day.  It was President Richard Nixon who made it an official, permanent holiday with a presidential resolution in 1972.  Many other countries also recognize fathers, but they celebrate on other dates.

Back in the 1960’s I watched a sitcom called the “Donna Reed Show”.  Donna Reed and Carl Betz played the role of parents of two teenagers, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson.  In one episode Fabares was asked to sing and the result was “Johnny Angel”.  The following season Peterson was asked to do the same thing.  He’s not a great singer but the song always puts a lump in my throat especially when you see him and Betz well up in tears.  It’s how I feel about my dad.

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