A Father's Love Can't Be Matched

last modified Jun 17, 2018 by Kathy Pinna
posted Jun 16, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
Fathers have always been honored: in Europe, the Catholic population as far back as the Middle Ages have celebrated fatherhood on St. Joseph's Day (March 19). This tradition was brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese and in Latin America, fathers are still celebrated on the same day. The first Father's Day in the United States, however, is deemed to be July 5, 1908 - celebrated in West Virginia after the Monongah Mining Disaster killed 361 men, the majority of them fathers. After many failed attempts at establishing a nationwide holiday - including efforts by Presidents Wilson and Coolidge, President Lyndon Johnson was the first to issue a proclamation establishing Father's Day in 1966 and President Nixon signed it into law in 1972. The third Sunday in June now celebrates fathers in many nations of the world.

Fathers love us, support us, and protect us. They teach us how to love and how to make our way in the world. As much as mothers, they are indispensable to our growth and success. Celebrate your father with him - and with these 32 photos of fathers!

Awwwww

Dads can raise famous sons

Elvis with his father, Vernon

Or raise famous daughters - while being famous themselves

Nat King Cole with Natalie Cole

Lucky dad surrounded by girls

Father with five sons

who all followed him into "the business"

1943

Dads protect us

And guide us

Gragg family - father and 4 sons

All eyes are on Dad

in the 1920's.

Fathers give us fashion

Father and son - cool dudes!

1918

And teach us things

Father teaching his daughter to swim - or at least float.

Dads are fun!

1919 New Mexico

Aw shucks - ain't my Dad great?

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