“When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'” — Jerry Lewis

Do you know anything about the origins of Father’s Day? Come on, be honest…Yeah, I didn’t know anything about it either, so I figured now was the time to learn a little more about it.

As it turns out, the idea began in Spokane, Washington when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

…”After her mother had died, Dodd had been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, and she wanted himt to know how special he was to her. It was her father that 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 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day.” (To read more, click here.)

So to all you dads out there, whether you still walk beside us or watch us from above, Happy Father’s Day!

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