The official observance of Mother’s Day is credited to a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia.  Anna’s mother died in 1905 and two years later, Anna honored her mother by holding a church ceremony in remembrance of her.  She was so moved by the success of the ceremony that she began a massive campaign to adopt a formal holiday honoring mothers.  She sent letters all over the state of West Virginia appealing to ministers to help her in her venture.  In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.  A year later, many other states followed suit.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May every year.

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