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Lots of fathers, not enough dads

In 1909, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd held her father, William Smart, in very high esteem. After helping her father, a Union Army sergeant in the First Arkansas Light Artillery and veteran of the Civil War, raise five siblings following her mother’s death, she wanted for him the same celebration that mothers were getting through the recognition of a newly implemented national observance. Looking at our generation’s sad state of fatherly affairs, per­haps we’ve been getting it increasingly wrong as a nation and too long in mistakenly referring to the third Sunday in June as Fathers Day. To give credit where it’s due, we’d be arguably justified to officially retitle the day as Dads Day.

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