A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
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Source Notes: In Father: An Anthology of Verse, ed. Margery Doud and Cleo M. Parsley (1931). Mrs. Dodd, of Spokane, Wash., wanted to create a tribute for her father, William J. Smart, who had reared his children without the help of a mother. In 1910, Mrs. Dodd asked for and got the support of the Spokane Ministerial Association to publish this statement. Local YMCAs and newspapers also supported the idea, and before long the holiday was celebrated nationwide.
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