A brief history of Mother’s Day
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Mother’s Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, W.Va. It was 1876 and the nation still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost their sons. She prayed that one day there could be a “Memorial Day” for mothers. The prayer made a deep impression on one of her 11 children. Young Anna had seen her mother’s efforts to hold the war-split community and church together. As she grew into adulthood, she kept her mother’s dream in her heart. On the day of her mother’s death, Anna was determined to establish Mother’s Day in her honor

On May 12, 1907, a local observance was held which later spread to Philadelphia. By 1910, Mother’s Day was celebrated in 45 states. On May 8, 1914, President Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day “for displaying the American flag and for the public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country.”