Honoring Dad

The Girl Scouts in this Ames Tribune photo are honoring their fathers with a special performance. Attempts to create a special day for fathers in the U.S. date back to 1908, but it was not until 1913 that a bill to that effect was introduced in Congress. However, they resisted fearing it would become too commercialized. In 1966 L.B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday of June. Six years later a bill establishing Father’s Day as a permanent national holiday was signed into law by Richard Nixon.