Ever wonder how Mother's Day became a national holiday? Thank Ann Jarvis! Originally intended as a Mother's Friendship Day to honor mother's whose sons were killed in the Civil War (and helped along by Julia Ward Howe as an anti-war observance). It became moderately formalized "Mother's Day" as part of the temperance movement, and, over time, was first recognized by the state of West Virginia, followed by several other states. It was formally recognized, and brought back to its roots by President Woodrow Wilson who proclaimed a National Mother's Day to honor mothers' sons killed in war, and was made a national holiday by federal congressional law on May 8, 1914.
Not to be outdone, the present day U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 voted on a resolution commemorating Mother's Day.
And now you have a brief history of Mother's Day!
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