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Father's Day is More Than a Card

The author is a former Village of Ossining Historian

Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards!

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day." In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all be honored on Father's Day.

Looking back on my own father,  I remember the quiet simplicity of the man.  A man who enjoyed fishing at Croton Point Park with his brother-in-law, and the man who would surprise me by taking me for a drive to Hartford, Connecticut to see the home of Mark Twain.

Here's wishing that you spend Father's Day honoring and remembering that special man in your life.

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