First, a big Thank You to, Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, USA, who is credited for designating the 19th of June every year, as FATHER'S DAY.
In May of 1909, Ms. Dodd sat in church listening to a Mother's Day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad , William Jackson Smart. Dodd's mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd's father, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the newborn and his other five children.
At the first Father's Day celebration, which was held on June 19, 191o, young women handed out red roses to their fathers during a church service, and large baskets full of roses were passed around, with attendees encouraged to pin on a rose in honor of their fathers – red for the living and white in memory of the deceased.
Today, the world over, Father's Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday of June.
Here's a pictorial tribute to Father's Day. June 18, 2017.
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