What is Father's Day?
The widely accepted internet answer is:
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.
Father's Day complements Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.
How about a little history lesson...........
During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated “Mother’s Work Days” that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers.
In 1870, the activist Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” calling on a “general congress of women” to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, [and] the great and general interests of peace.”
Thanks in large part to this association with retailers, who saw great potential for profit in the holiday, Mother’s Day caught on right away.
Go figure, huh?
In 1909, 45 states observed the day, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution that made the second Sunday in May a holiday in honor of “that tender, gentle army...............the mothers of America.”
On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday.
The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents.
She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
Hooray for Dads !!!
In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.
However, many men continued to disdain the day.
As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products--often paid for by the father himself.”
Every year on Mother’s Day, pro-Parents’ Day groups rallied in New York City’s Central Park--a public reminder, said Parents’ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, “that both parents should be loved and respected together.”
Paradoxically, however, the Depression derailed this effort to combine and de-commercialize the holidays.
Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards.
When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort.
By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution.
Hooray for Dads !!!
Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.
So there you have it… the "official" (or "unofficial" depending on how you look at it) look at how Father's day started.
How about making him an internet sensation?
All you have to do is send me some great photographs of "Your Dad" over the next few days with a little story as support to show the world how much you care about the old man.
I will post them all next week.
I will then vote which is the most "creative" and/or "special" photograph.
This Survive 55 follower will win their very own special "Survive55.com T-shirt.
You can wear it or give it to Dad.
There are 3 ways to send your pictures and comments to me:
1. Enter them in my comment section below
2. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Send them to me via Facebook at www.facebook.com/survive55
Good Luck........Happy father's Day to all the great Dads out there and Thanks for joining me.................................