Happy Father’s Day

Good morning and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, granddads and other father like folks out there.  Hope you all have a great day.

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Father’s Day doesn’t receive all the hype and hoopla that Mother’s Day receives but fatherhood is still important in our society.  According to the History Channel the first known celebration of Father’s Day occurred on July 5, 1908.

The History of Father’s Day

The first known celebration of Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South – now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a deadly explosion in nearby Monongah in December, killing 361 men.

It was also during a sermon in 1909 that Sonora Smart Dodd became inspired by Mother’s Day. After the death of her mother, Sonora and her siblings were raised by their father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora wanted to show how thankful she was to her father and, because William was born in June, she worked to have the first Father’s Day celebrated on June 19, 1910.

In 1924, President Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. President Johnson designated the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day in 1966. It was not until 1972 that President Nixon instituted Father’s Day as a national observance.

Did You Know – Roses are the official flower on Father’s Day, red for fathers who were still living and white for those who have passed on.

Check out History.com for more information about Father’s Day.

On Friday President Barack Obama held a national day of conversation about fatherhood and personal responsibility.

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Famous and not so famous fathers mentored youth throughout Washington, D.C. area on Friday at the request of President Obama.

First Father Knows Best: Famed Dads Mentor Youth

By Dan Zak
Washington Post Staff Writer

The students of Ballou Senior High School’s automotive technology program can thank Barack Obama’s absent father for their current predicament: getting rapped at by Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, who’s mixing rhyme and reason about being a good man and finding significance in one’s life. He and a dozen male students are sitting in the program’s auto shop in Southeast yesterday afternoon, sheltered from the first truly sunny day in recent memory.

“I didn’t come here to be a famous rap dude,” says McDaniels, standing in front of a hydraulic brake demonstrator across from three busted-up cars on hydraulic lifts. “I didn’t come here to be the king of rock. If [Run-DMC] didn’t do what we did, there would be no hip-hop.”

The students consider this theory.

McDaniels ponders his example more deeply, saying: “What I represent is purpose and destiny. . . . Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. . . . I was like y’all, a school kid growing up in the ‘hood. . . . And I became not just a rapper but one of the greatest ever to do it. And the reason it happened was because I took every opportunity.”

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher sits nearby, silently, in a beige suit and blue oxford shirt, next to the diagram of a multi-part fuel-injection trainer. His mustache won’t say whether he’s smiling.

The Super Bowl champion and one-third of the legendary hip-hop group were in the garage as part of President Obama’s national day of conversation about fatherhood and personal responsibility. Father’s Day is tomorrow, and Obama — whose father’s absence shaped his life and inspired a best-selling book — deployed famous and semi-famous men to eight sites in the Washington area to interact with nonprofit organizations that focus on youth mentorship. Obama visited one such group in Arlington yesterday morning before heading back to the White House for a town-hall meeting on fatherhood and a mentoring session with young men on the South Lawn.

You can read the entire Washington Post article here.

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