This Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day, a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood.
The official observance is credited to Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA in 1907 as she honored the memory of her mother with a small gathering of friends in her home.
The following year, Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, WV to celebrate “Mother’s Day” on the anniversary of her mother’s death, the second Sunday of May. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters launched a grassroots campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day to honor all mothers.
By 1911, Mother’s Day was widely celebrated across the country. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official: Mother’s Day would be a national holiday held each year on the second Sunday in May. He said that mothers were “the greatest source of the country’s strength and inspiration.”
It is the perfect day to gather around the table and say thanks to Mom…Happy Mother’s Day!