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 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!
父親節的起源尚不清楚。有人說它始于 1908 年在西弗吉尼亞州的一次禮拜。也有人說第一次父親節儀式在華盛頓的溫哥華舉行。據說，獅子會芝加哥分會會長 Harry Meek 在 1915 年與他的組織成員一起慶祝了第一個父親節。他們選擇在六月的第三個星期日進行慶祝，那是離Meek生日最近的日子！
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 their mother.
不管第一個真正的父親節是什么時候發生的，這個節日最有力的推動者是華盛頓斯波坎市的Bruce John Dodd夫人。Dodd夫人覺得她有一個出色的父親。他是南北戰爭的老兵，雖然他的妻子早逝，但他撫養了六個沒有母親的孩子。
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.
1909 年，Dodd夫人在 6 月 5 日，即她父親的生日那天，與她自己的牧師和斯波坎的其他人聯系，討論了為父親舉行的教堂禮拜。牧師認為6月5日還為時過早，所以他提議在幾周后的 6 月 19 日。從那時起，華盛頓州將每年六月的第三個星期日定為父親節。孩子們制作了特別的甜點，或者如果他們不住在一起，他們會拜訪他們的父親。
States and organizations began lobbying 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.
各州和組織開始游說國會宣布一年一度的父親節。 1916 年，Woodrow Wilson總統批準了這一想法，但直到 1924 年，Woodrow Wilson總統才將其定為全國性活動，以“在父親和他們的孩子之間建立更親密的關系，并讓父親充分意識到他們的義務”。 從那時起，將父親節確定在六月的第三個星期日得到了全國各地家人的尊重和認可。
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 so fathers laugh when they open them. Some give heartfelt thanks for being there whenever the child needed Dad.
當孩子們不能拜訪他們的父親或父親無法帶他們出去吃飯時，他們會寄一張賀卡。 傳統上，父親更喜歡不太感傷的賀卡。 大多數賀卡都是異想天開的，所以父親們打開它們時會笑。 有些人衷心感謝孩子需要爸爸的時候就在那里。
1、On this special day, I want to say I'm proud of you, appreciate all you've done for me and I love you.
2、Thanks for holding my hand when I need it.
3、Wish beloved father good health, great happiness and good luck in everything on the coming Father's Day.
4、Wish you a happy Father's Day and the best of everything.
5、With warm wishes for Father's Day.
6、You have been there when I needed you.
7、You have always been so patient with me.
8、Fathers Day ia a time to remember all the good things that Dad do for us.
9、I love you more than anything else.
10、Thanks for helping me through the tough times.
11、How could I be so lucky to have a Dad like you.
12、All my love to the dearest father in the world.
13、You are the best Dad in the world.
14、Words can't tell how much you mean to us. We wish you happiness on this special day.
15、Your experience and guidance have always been appreciated.
16、Your eyes show sternness, but more kindness and care. Thank you for making me feel important.