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My Hero Father’s Day was started by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, William, served in the Civil War and raised Sonora and her five siblings alone after Sonora’s mother died in childbirth. After hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Sonora was inspired to propose a holiday that celebrated loving, hardworking fathers. The first Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. However, Father’s Day wouldn’t become an official holiday in the United States until 1972, when Richard Nixon signed a proclamation declaring it a federal holiday. Mothers are often celebrated as the nurturers of the family, but many fathers offer just as much love and support and they never receive the same recognition. My own father has been gone for 29 years, but I can still feel his love and the influence he had on my life. Just as fathers are for many little girls, my dad was my hero. In my eyes, he was the smartest man in the world and he knew how to fix anything. Throughout my life, I was blessed with so many wonderful memories of my dad. Even today, I can remember him giving me piggyback rides through the house, or helping me pull out a loose tooth and leaving it under my pillow for the Tooth Fairy. He taught me how to ride a bike My own father has been gone for 29 years, but I can still feel his love and the influence he had on my life .
Remembering My Father
and bandaged me up when I fell off. Once, my dad even made a splint out of an old magazine
and a dishtowel before taking me to the hospital after I broke my arm.
My favorite memory of my dad is when he taught me how to swim. Years later, I learned that, despite having served in the Navy, my dad didn’t know how to swim. In fact, he was terrified of the water. But when I wanted to learn, Dad put his fears aside to help me. This was the kind of man my father was. He was always there to support me, whether that was sitting in the front row at the school talent show, teaching me how to change the oil in my car, or helping me proofread a high school or college term paper. He always told me I could do anything I set my mind to, and he told me he was proud of me. I remember showing him my first ultrasound after he was already sick with cancer. Dad was so excited, and though he passed away before he got to meet his first grandchild, I know he would have been an incredible grandfather. Sonora Smart Dodd envisioned a holiday to honor the fathers who sacrificed so much for their families. Fatherhood is not necessarily defined by blood. Many people have adoptive fathers or father figures in their lives who support them in the same way my father always supported me. This Father’s Day, all of us at Visiting Angels want to celebrate all the amazing fathers whose support and love have touched our lives in ways we will never forget. Thank you.
Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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