In this country, the third Sunday of every June is the day we dedicate to celebrating our fathers and the father figures in our lives. Like Mother's Day, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when the very first Father's Day was celebrated. The belief is that a memorial was held in 1908 to commemorate a 1907 mining accident that claimed the lives of a large group of men, many of them fathers, in West Virginia. Then the nation's first statewide Father's Day was celebrated in 1910, in the State of Washington, and the holiday spread from there. It wasn't until 1972 that Father's Day became a National Holiday.
Regardless of it's origins, Father's Day is a day we set apart to celebrate the contributions dads make to their families and society as a whole. Whether you celebrate with a church service, cookout, or sporting event, whether you give dad a gift for grilling or an electronic gadget, just get out there and spend some quality time with the man who makes a difference to you. Be sure to let your father, adopted father, step-father, father-in-law, grandfather or that all-around good guy in your life-- know that he is loved and cherished.
Happy Father's Day!!!