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Have you ever wondered about the origin of Father's Day and Mother's Day…?

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Father's Day is celebrating its 111th Anniversary this year on June 19th, and it all began when a young woman wanted to honor her father.

Sonora Smart Dodd
Sonora Smart Dodd

In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, sat in church listening to a mother's day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her father, William Jackson Smart Dodd's mom had died in child birth, and Dodd's father, a Civil War Veteran, had taken the responsibility of single-handedly raising the new born and his other 5 children.

The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate father's day, on June 5th, her father's birthday, and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane's mayor pushed the date back by two weeks, and the first father's day was celebrated on June 19th 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and visitor Bureau.

At the first father's day celebration, young woman handed out red roses to their fathers during a church service, and large baskets full of roses, were passed around, with attendees encouraged to pin on a Rose in honor of their fathers - Red for the living and White in memory of the deceased. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse drawn carriage ride through the city, bring roses and gifts to home bound fathers.

While Congress was quick to officially declare the second Sunday in May as Mother's day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 10th, 1908, it took much longer for father's day to be legally recognized. But thanks to Dodd's celebration , Father's day steadily gained popularity.

From our perspective, we honor all parents who make it possible for their dependents to have orthodontic treatment.

We trust that we can, and do live up to your expectations.

Vriendelike groete / Kind regards,

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