Mothers' Day in America
Mothers' Day is the Second Sunday in May
May 10, 2020
It's been more than a hundred years, so there are very few Americans who can remember a time when Mothers' Day wasn't a part of their family tradition. We buy Mom flowers (carnations, if you really know your stuff), let her sleep in while we prepare her some breakfast in bed, set her up for a day at the spa, generally shower her with gifts before finally lamenting and posing in those family photos she's always asking for.
Mothers' Day originated as a day of recognition... not just in honor of all that our mothers do for us, but also for the compassion that they instill in us with the tenacious giving of love that is the everlasting earmark of Motherdom.
For Mother, with love
Anna Marie Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe both pioneered the movement toward establishing Mothers' Day as a day of peace and remembrance. Their perseverance culminated in a congressional resolution and a presidential proclamation establishing Mothers' Day each year as the second Sunday in May.
President Woodrow Wilson's Proclamation reads as follows:
WHEREAS, by a Joint Resolution approved May 8, 1914, "designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, and for other purposes", the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country:
AND WHEREAS, by the said Joint Resolution it is made the duty of the President to request the observance of the second Sunday in May as provided for in the said Joint Resolution:
Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.
In witness whereof, I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States won one hundred and thirty-eight.
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