A Brief History of Fathers Day - Write on!

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Believe it or not, the earliest record of Fathers Day was found in the ruins of Babylon. A young boy carved a message to his father on a card made of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. He sent wishes of good fortune and a long life.

Fathers Day is now celebrated around the world on different days throughout the year. Fathers Day is celebrated in the United States on the 3rd Sunday in June.

The idea of Fathers Day in the USA came from Sonora Dodd, who adored her father, William, and held him in great esteem. He became the single parent of six children after his wife died during childbirth. Sonora was in her Spokane church in 1909 listening to a sermon on Mothers Day and thought that fathers should be recognized as well. She suggested to her church leaders that the honorary day should be June 5th, which was her Father’s birthday. The church leaders, though, chose the third Sunday in June and the first Fathers Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

The idea of celebrating Fatherhood didn’t gain a great deal of US national popularity outside of Sonora's church though until 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph praising the Spokane community for their Fathers Day services.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson extended the popularity by declaring the third Sunday of June to be the official USA Fathers Day by signing a presidential proclamation. President Richard Nixon declared it to be a permanent national observance in 1972.

Show your dad your love by publishing a poem for him. Read and post your own Fathers Day poem today or read the poems of others.

Editors Note: Believe it or not, (we could not), we did not have a Fathers Day poem category. Now we do and we need your help, especially the regulars, to get some initial poems available in this new category. So enter your poems now and remember that you can choose 2 categories for any poems that you enter on the site.

Click here for our NEW Fathers Day Category Page - help us fill it up now - watch it grow

We do also have other Father related categories so check these poem categories out, too:

Click here for many Father poems that we have collected in our community for years

Click here to find some Grandfather related poems

Happy Fathers Day to all of the Fathers out there and thank you for what you do; it often goes under-appreciated. We need you. Thank you.

The VoicesNet Team

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