On Father's Day we celebrate and honor fathers,
fatherhood, and the influence of fathers in society.
Many fathers work hard
to give their family a good life. Most fathers do their very best to build strong bonds of love with their family members. They make sacrifices and set aside personal and selfish desires, because they care, they are dependable and responsible. Many fathers find great joy and satisfaction
in supporting their family - from yard work to playing catch with a child, helping children with homework, attending sporting events and children's performances, or reading a book with a child. Today we remember those fathers
who roll up their sleeves and go to work to do things they might not particularly like; but they serve their family because of their deep love for each member. To the fathers who are absent in the lives of their children,
we invite you to read about the importance of fathers
. Consider the countless ways fathers can have more meaningful involvement and relationships with their children.
Father's Day was founded in Spokane
by Sonora Smart Dodd, in honor of her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, a single parent who raised his six children here. The first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.