Today, June 19th we celebrate Father’s Day. When I began to reminisce on this day I researched its origin and was surprised at what I found out. On June 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. It seems that there are many different theories of the origin of Father’s Day in the United States. Regardless of how it began today let us take some time to pray in thanksgiving for all fathers that they may be blessed for all that they do and know our gratitude for their role in our lives. Happy Father’s Day to all, both living and deceased.
Pat Schifini, OSU