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Father’s Day

“To have a father—to be a father—is to come very near the heart of life itself.”

A beloved Civil War Veteran & single dad inspired it – a President made it official.

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BACKSTORY

  • William Jackson Smart: Civil War Vet. His wife died & he raised 6 children alone.
  • His daughter, Sonora, inspired to honor him after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon.
  • First Father’s Day: Spokane, Washington, June 19, 1910 – William’s birthday was June 5th but reportedly the mayor wanted more time to prep for celebration.
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It’s Official

“Our identity in name and nature, our roots in home and family, our very standard of manhood—all this and more is the heritage our fathers share with us. It is a rich patrimony, one for which adequate thanks can hardly be offered in a lifetime, let alone a single day.”

Pres. Nixon made it a federal holiday in 1972 with the above proclamation.
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Flowers For Fathers?

Original Fathers Day Gift

In 1910, children gifted red roses to living fathers; white roses honored deceased.

We’re expected to spend about $133 on average on Father’s Day (down slightly from last year’s record of $135), & compared to $180 est. spent on Mother’s Day).

 

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One survey found that a majority of consumers will gift their dad an experience or an outing, over an item. Read More:

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