Today is Father’s Day
Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday of June. The day is a celebrated to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
The Day is a time to recognize fathers and father figures who have influenced a person’s life. It is celebrated through cards, gifts, dining out, gifts or time spent together.
Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fathers and male parenting. After Anna Jarvis’ successfully promoted Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia.
In December 1907, a terrible mine explosion in nearby Monongah claimed the lives of more than 360 men. Most of them had families, and the tragedy left 1,000 children fatherless.
Clayton was distraught by the thought of all those children growing up without a father’s guidance, and wanted to do something to honor the importance of fatherhood.
Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, on December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children.
Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor all those fathers.
A special day was set aside to commemorate fathers. She chose the Sunday closest to the birthday of her late father.
According to history, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.
On July 5, 1908, a Father’s Day sermon was preached at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, thanks to the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton.
Happy Father’s Day to all responsible fathers..