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OhioHealth Physicians Celebrate Father's Day

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is the one day of the year that dads and father figures around the world get their time to shine. Each year, on the third Sunday in June, we honor fatherhood and the role fathers have in society, from the comedic, like cutting more grass than anyone else in the family and constantly cracking outdated jokes, to the sentimental.

OhioHealth neurologist Dr. Andrea Malone, and OhioHealth family medicine physician Dr. Laurie Hommema didn't grow up in the same community, but they did have something major in common; a supportive father.

"My dad was in the Army, and was very supportive, and loving," Dr. Hommema said. "He would always tell me that I could be whatever I wanted to be, and is so good with my girls too."

"There wasn't an event, or a sport I was involved in that my dad didn't come to," Dr. Malone said. "He is so good with people, so warm and friendly."

The holiday has come a long way from its first, unofficial celebration in 1910 to honor fallen Civil War soldiers and veterans. Throughout the twentieth century, the push toward making Father’s Day a national holiday gradually gained support from political leaders and trade organizations. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, but it wasn’t until the early 1970s that Father’s Day was officially declared a permanent, federal holiday.

Today, Father’s Day has earned its place in society, inspiring anything from huge Father’s Day sales, sporting events and backyard barbeques everywhere. This year, over 70 million fathers and their families will spend the day golfing, fishing or doing whatever else Dad wants to do, even if everyone else in the family hates it. After all, the holiday is and always has been about celebrating the little things fathers do for their families throughout the year and making sure Dad feels special.

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, from OhioHealth.