Father’s Day is celebrating its 108th anniversary this year on 17 June and it all began when a young woman decided her dad was simply the best.
Now celebrated worldwide in recognition of the important contribution fathers and father figures make in the lives of their children, families and society, the origin of this special day begins with the heartwarming story of Sonora Smart Dodd’s quest to make sure the world knew her dad was a hero. According to the history books, young Sonora came up with the idea tohonourher father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in church. After Sonora’s mother passed away, her fatherWilliam Jackson Smart, an American Civil War veteran, had taken responsibility of singlehandedly raising a newborn baby and his other five children. Sonora’s tireless campaigning finally paid off and the first officially documented Father’s Day celebration saw hundreds of young women and children hand red roses and other gifts to their fathers – ensuring dads everywhere got their own day to receive a little love and appreciation for all that they do. (more…)