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Dad's Day to get lots of special attention

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2012-06-15

Sundayís Fatherís Day around the world, a day celebrated to honor fathers and fatherhood, and the influence of fathers in society.

Fatherís Day has been celebrated the third Sunday in June for decades, a day complimenting Motherís Day commemorated each May. A few European countries bring dad to the forefront a week or two earlier, and a few Asian island nations ĖAustralia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua, New Guineaówait until September to pay homage. The governor of Washington state in the U.S. first coined the holiday in July 1910, but it took 58 years after President Woodrow Wilsonís decree on Fatherís Day to finally become a nationwide holiday in America in 1972. Seems that Congress was fearful it would become commercialized, and balked at passing the bill.

Lest the governor unfairly get the credit, the driving force behind Fatherís Day was a woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father was a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised his six kids in Spokane. Sheís the one who persuaded first her pastor to honor not only her father, but others, and then others jumped on the bandwagon. Fatherís Day didnít catch on at first, and even those who thought the idea had merit proposed dumping both Fatherís Day and Motherís Day in favor of a single Parentís Day.

Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, tried to claim credit for launching Fatherís Day in 1915. He insisted the day was chosen because it was his birthday, although critics questioned why he didnít choose his fatherís birthday for Fatherís day. Nonetheless, the Lions Club has named Meek ĎOriginator of Fatherís Dayí.

In America, retailers have made Fatherís Day almost as popular as motherís day, promoting greeting cards and traditionally male-oriented gifts such as power tools and electronics. Interestingly, while more phone calls are made in the U.S. on Motherís Day than Fatherís Day, the percentage of collect calls on Fatherís Day is much higher. Itís the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls, in fact.

In Thailand, Fatherís Day is very special; itís set as the birthday of the King, King Bhumjibol Adulyadej, on December 5th. Everyone gives fathers or grandfathers a Canna flower, which is considered a masculine flower, and Thai people will wear yellow on Fatherís Day to show respect for the king. In Germany, Fatherís Day is always celebrated on Ascension Day, the Thursday 40 days after Easter. Itís also called Mannertag, or gentlemenís day. Itís traditional for groups of males Ėyoung and old, but usually excluding pre-teenagersóto do a hiking tour with small wagons pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine and beer, as well as traditional regional foods. Many men use the holiday as an opportunity to get drunk.

By Roman Catholic tradition, Fatherís Day is celebrated March 19th, Saint Josephís Day. It is common for Catholics to honor their ďspiritual fatherĒ, their parish priest, on Fatherís Day.

On Okinawa, dads are recognized in a big way on the bases. At the Seamenís Club Naha, a special Fatherís Day dinner is set from 11 a.m. ~ 8 p.m. on Sunday. The gourmet meal starts with a cucumber-shrimp appetizer, works through a crab bisque with corn, before the Chicken-Tomato-Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, and on to a filet of beef in wine sauce, mashed potatoes and mushroom wine gravy, and broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with parmesan. The mealís topped with a chocolate mousse. Advance reservations are $20.95 for adults, or $23.95 at the door. Kids 4~12 are $10.95.

The Kadena Officers Club is feting dads with a Fatherís Day Sunday Brunch Special. With an Officersí Club Membership Card, the brunch is free for dads. For all others, adults are $19.95 and kids $7.95, 9:30 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. The Rocker NCO Club has a Fatherís Day Breakfast Buffet 8 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. for $10.95. It starts with honey glazed ham at a carving station, plus omelets and eggs to order, and a Belgian Waffle and Crepe Station. The buffet line has everything from scrambled eggs to French toast, pancakes, country potatoes, cream of beef, corned beef hash, steamed white rice and grits.

Marine Corps Community Services is making Fatherís Day super special, too. Breakfast Buffets are being offered at Camp Kinserís Surfside Club and the Ocean Breeze at Camp Foster from 9 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for kids 5~11. Brunch Buffets are featured at the Butler Officersí Club 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. for $15 for adults and $7.95 for kids 5~11. Tengan Castleís Brunch, and The Lanai at Taiyo are open 9 a.m. ~ 2 p.m., with tickets also $15 for adults and $7.95 for kids 5-11.

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