Thursday, May 8, 2008

Remember Mom


Congress approved the holiday in the United States in 1914. They set the date as the second Sunday in May each year. The idea for a day to honor mother started in Britain and was picked up by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 after the American Civil War, not to honor mothers, but to unite mothers in a protest against war. Her daughter continued calling for the holiday and a Mother's Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1908. The holiday spread from state to state and after 45 states had approved it, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day in 1914. It was a day to show a flag in honor of mothers who had lost sons in war, not really the holiday we celebrate today honoring mother for being mother. It is a commercial success today as the busiest day of the year for restaurants, and sets records for florists and long distance calls.


Becky said...

Thanks for the history lesson. I had NO idea of the historical background. Sadly, there will be a lot of Mother's who have recently lost their sons in war. It gives the holiday much more meaning to me.

So what do you know about Father's Day?


Maureen said...

Guess you'll have to check back in June, Becky ;)