Make it a Family Event!
One hundred years old this year, Fatherâ€™s Day originated thanks to the struggle and hard work of Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.
Ms. Doddâ€™s mother passed away while giving birth to Sonora. Growing up without a mother, Dodd questioned why there was a day to honor mothers, but not fathers during a Motherâ€™s Day sermon one year.
Doddâ€™s father was a Civil War veteran and showed much affection for her.
Dodd felt fathers deserved a day of celebration because they also held an important role in a childâ€™s life.
To promote the idea, Dodd traveled the streets of Spokane, Washington in a closed carriage with gifts to fathers whom were â€˜shut in.â€™
As the first to solicit ideas, Dodd inspired other people to begin observing the day and honor their fathers.
Various presidents carried out celebrations, but the day never became a holiday until 1972 when President Nixon passed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June be an official national holiday.
Today, after gaining popularity through the years, Fatherâ€™s Day is considered a valued holiday among families.
Individuals in many countries celebrate Fatherâ€™s Day to thank and pay tribute their fathers. In addition to fathers; uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers or any other father-figure in a personâ€™s life, are presented with a card and/or gift(s) for the day.
To honor your father this year, all families are invited to attend a Fatherâ€™s Day breakfast, hosted by the Masonic Lodge of Oswego.
The meal will be served on Fatherâ€™s Day; June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge, 765 E. Seneca St., Oswego.
An all you can eat breakfast of: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, milk, juice and coffee will be served.
Admission for the breakfast will be $8 per person, with children 5 and under free when accompanied by at least one paying member of the family.
As the lodgeâ€™s a gift to fathers that attend; they get to eat free, when accompanied by their son or daughter.