Where does Father’s Day come from?

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William_Jackson_and_SenoraSonora Smart Dodd, daughter of Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart (in picture), founded Father’s Day in 1910, and it was first celebrated on 19 June of that year. Being a child of a single parent with six siblings, Sonora knew the true value of her father, and possibly millions of other fathers around the world. It was the Mother’s Day of 1909 that spurred her on to tell her pastor that a similar day should be held for fathers.
 
This day is now celebrated on the third Sunday every June, because the pastors back in 1910 did not have enough time to prepare their sermons for 5 June – Sonora’s father’s birthday.
 
 
 

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