Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April, and June. Here in the U.S., Father’s Day is celebrated every third Sunday in June, falling on this Sunday, June 17 this year.

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. – *excerpts from History.com

This is a day honoring fathers met with resistance at first, with many men scoffing at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the creation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.

This holiday is actually a day to commemorate and honor the incredible men who stood up to the plate, took responsibility for their children and families and established bonds that will live on long after they’re gone. Fathers around the world making a difference in their children’s lives deserve to be honored. Dad, you are your child’s first HERO!

Happy fathers day to both of my sons who are incredible fathers to my grandchildren.

A very special Happy fathers day to my husband and my own dad in heaven.

Whether you plan to get him a new neck tie, a power tool, take him out for a nice dinner or just send a card, let Dad know how much you appreciate him. Please join me in wishing all dads around the world a very happy day. It is my prayer that it is filled with love and adoration from your family and friends. Let’s also celebrate those that are father figures – Godfathers, uncles, coaches, or a close family friend. A very special honor to our Military Dad’s who are unable to spend this special day with their families. We appreciate and honor you all on this day!