Honoring Our Fathers

June 15th, 2009

fathersdayFather’s Day is almost here, so it’s time to pay homage to dads everywhere. We thought a great way to start would be to take a look at the history of this holiday.

The origin of Father’s Day goes all the way back to 1909 and a woman Sonora Dodd. She came up with the idea on Mother’s Day, and decided that dad’s needed a special day of their own. Sonora was inspired by her father, a Civil War Veteran who raised six children after being widowed. With her help, the first Father’s Day Celebration happened on June 19, 1910, the same month her beloved dad was born. The small event took place at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington but the story was picked up by newspapers and quickly became a sensation.

In 1911, there were more Father’s Day celebrations, and the concept began to spread across the country. Lyndon B. Johnson was the first President to officially recognize Father’s Day, but it wasn’t until 1972 that it became a national holiday. It was President Richard M Nixon who finally signed the law which made the third Sunday in June a time to honor fathers.

There are many ways to celebrate the man who gave you life. People will choose from a variety of “dad gifts” this June: everything from ties to tools will be purchased at retail locations across the nation. You can also take your dad out to dinner, barbecue or cook him a special meal. Perhaps the greatest gift you can give is time – spending the day with the special man that helped bring you into this world.

At PeopleFinders.com we have a great way to make this Father’s Day a truly memorable occasion. How many times have you heard your dad talk about an old friend, classmate or military buddy he hasn’t seen in years? Now you can help him find people he’s been thinking about with a People Search or even a Membership that gives you unlimited searches to find all the people you want. Give your dad a gift that he will never forget – the joy of reuniting with people from his past.

Father’s Day will be celebrated in America on Sunday, June 21st 2009, and on other dates all over the world. Whether you use the term dad, pop, papa, farmand, isi, babbo, papai, ocko, ayah or any of the hundreds of terms used to describe him, don’t miss the chance to honor your father. For more dad day fun, visit Holidays on the Net, and Happy Father’s Day!

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