The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has an
official day on which fathers are honored by their children. On the third
Sunday in June, fathers all across the United States are given presents,
treated to dinner or otherwise made to feel special.
The origin of Father's Day is not clear. Some say that it began with a
church service in West Virginia in 1908. Others say the first Father's Day
ceremony was held in Vancouver, Washington.
The president of the
Chicago branch（分部）of the Lions' Club, Harry
Meek, is said to have celebrated the first Father's Day with his
organization in 1915; and the day that they chose was the third Sunday in
June, the closest date to Meek's own birthday!
Regardless of when the first true Father's Day occurred, the strongest
promoter of the holiday was Mrs. Bruce John Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
Mrs. Dodd felt that she had an outstanding father. He was a veteran of the
Civil War. His wife had died young, and he had raised six children without
In 1909, Mrs. Dodd approached her own minister and others in Spokane
about having a church service dedicated to fathers on June 5, her father's
birthday. That date was too soon for her minister to prepare the service,
so he spoke a few weeks later on June 19th. From then on, the state of
Washington celebrated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Children
made special desserts, or visited their fathers if they lived apart.
States and organizations began lobbying（游说）Congress to declare an annual Father's
Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved of this idea, but it was
not until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to
"establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and
to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations." Since
then, fathers had been honored and recognized by their families throughout
the country on the third Sunday in June.
When children can't visit their fathers or take them out to dinner,
they send a greeting card. Traditionally, fathers prefer greeting cards
that are not too sentimental. Most greeting cards are whimsical（奇形怪状的，异想天开的）so fathers laugh when they
open them. Some give heartfelt thanks for being there whenever the child