Riana Henderson
Contributing columnist
Father’s Day was officially celebrated on June 19, 1910, but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1972. The holiday was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Wash. Father’s Day had a slow start, but both President Wilson in 1916 and President Coolidge in 1924 honored the day.
Despite the recognition, many men despised Father’s Day for its sentimental gift giving. Efforts to create Parent’s Day arose to eliminate both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. There were also efforts to de-commercialize the holiday.
But, Father’s Day wouldn’t crumble yet. During the Great Depression, Father’s Day was pushed by shopkeepers to sell “manly” things, like ties and golf clubs. And, it was used during World War II to rally support for the troops.
Even today, Father’s Day isn’t celebrated widely, like Mother’s Day.
I believe that Father’s Day deserves as much respect and dedication as Mother’s Day. Fathers do just as much as mothers. Their role has expanded beyond a simple provider; they’re our emotional rocks, stay at home dads, and the best men we know.
To all of the fathers, past and present, thank you!
Your service, love, admiration, and support is both necessary and appreciated.
Whether you get a tie, a new tool box, or nothing at all, it’s hoped that you have a wonderful Father’s Day.