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A truly special Mother’s Day

May 7, 2014
By Ted Rowe , Marshall Independent

This year is a special one for Mother's Day. Sunday, May 11, 2014, marks the completion of 100 years since a joint resolution of Congress was signed by President Woodrow Wilson setting aside the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Some formal celebrations for mothers go back more than 2,000 years, but more recent history of the establishment particularly of the second Sunday in May goes back to 1908. In that year, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, W.V. Afterward she organized a campaign to establish a Mother's Day that was, as mentioned, executed by law for the U.S. in 1914. Her view was that it was not Mothers' Day but rather the singular possessive of Mother's Day meant to be a very personal, non-commercialized holiday. In 1912 Jarvis trademarked both the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day." She estabished a Mother's Day International Association.



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