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Forget the commercialization: Honor your dad Sunday

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By Gene Linzey

So this is Father’s Day. How about Hallmark Card Day, or Sears, or Wal Mart Day? That’s where the money goes ee if we even remember Father’s Day. And by Monday, it’s all over; we have done our duty to Dad for this year, now back to real life. I’ve seen children begrudgingly put on a fake happy face for Father’s Day, then on Monday go back to the usual routine of disdaining and belittling their father. That is discouraging.

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Raised by her father after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father, William Jackson Smart, to know how special he was to her. It was her father who 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 her Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Wash., on June 19, 1910. Somehow the idea spread.

In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Later, Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.


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