The man who inspired Father’s Day was a Civil War veteran who had been married twice and widowed twice. His name was William Jackson Smart, and he was the father/stepfather of 14 children. His daughter, Sonora, dedicated her life to trying to establish a day to honor fathers in honor of her selfless Dad. The first Father’s Day was held in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910, but it wasn’t until 1972, that President Richard Nixon sign a Congressional resolution declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. (The History Channel)
According to the United States Census, 2012, there were approximately 70.1 million fathers in our country. The necktie is the most popular and number one gift that Dads will be opening tomorrow, followed by hammers, fishing rods, and golf clubs. Roses are the official flower of Father’s Day. More than 75% of Americans will celebrate Father’s Day in some way this year. While Steve and I have both lost our fathers, we will spend the day remembering them and celebrating what a wonderful Daddy he is! Steve has been an amazing Father to our two girls, and he is an adored PaPaw!
The role of “father” is so special. It’s the role that God has chosen for Himself – He is our heavenly Father. He watches over us. He cares for us. He wants what is best for us. May we honor our earthly fathers and worship our heavenly Father this Father’s Day! God Bless, Courtney