In Reverence Of Mother’s Day

May 4th, 2011

Now and then, mothers can drive us a little crazy. They remind us that we need to do the right thing. They launch into long stories just as we’re about to walk out the door. They encourage us to work harder, eat better and call more often.

But even if these things do sometimes drive us a bit crazy, we don’t really mind. We know they are done out of love.

Mother’s Day Is Sunday, May 8

In May we set aside 24 hours to recognize the women who gave us all life. We probably think about them every day, but this is a special time to focus on these remarkable individuals.

Many of us have lost a parent, but that doesn’t make the day any less significant. We fondly discuss old memories with siblings. We focus on the positive moments. We talk about our current successes and failures. Secretly, we hope she can still hear us.

History Of Mother’s Day

It began as a demand for peace. Early supporters of a day to celebrate motherhood hoped to build unity following the American Civil War.

Ann Jarvis established a Mother’s Friendship Day committee in 1868. Their goal was to “reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” She had limited success developing an annual celebration for mothers, but her dreams were not forgotten. After her passing, Ann’s daughter Anna took on the cause.

Over the next few years, Anna Jarvis and fellow supporters pushed for a day to recognize mothers and celebrate the family bond. They found a new champion in Juliet Calhoun Blakeley.

Blakely spoke at a Mother’s Day Event hosted by Reverend Myron Daughterty. She asked the mothers in attendance to join her in celebrating motherhood and peace. Her sons were so impressed that they agreed to visit their mother at the same time each year.

The men remained true to their word and encouraged others to do the same. Their efforts led Frank E. Herring, then President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, to issue a public plea for a “national day to honor our mothers.”

National Holiday

Through the years, Anna Jarvis continue to promote the concept of Mother’s Day. In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize the second Saturday in May as a time to honor mothers. Within four years, every state had joined in.

By 1914 Congress declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. The official proclamation was issued by President Woodrow Wilson on Sunday, May 9. The President urged Americans to raise a flag to honor mothers who had lost their sons to war.

At PeopleFinders, we salute mothers for their patience, kindness and the many sacrifices they make. Our mothers teach us, guide us and, most importantly, love us. We say a special thank you to mothers everywhere, and we thank you for reading the PeopleFinders people search blog.


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