Mother’s Day’s Roots Can Be Traced Back to Civil War

By Connie Burcham

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton W. Va. It was created by Anna Jarvis as a memorial to her mother, Ann, who had passed away the previous year. Ann Jarvis was a peace activist who nursed soldiers from both sides during the American Civil War.

The correct name is Mother’s Day, for a single person, rather than Mothers’ Day, for all mothers. Jarvis wanted the day to be for each family to recognize their own mother.

The second Saturday in May became the accepted day for the holiday when President Woodrow Wilson acknowledged it in 1914. Many other nations celebrate something similar, although those celebrations are held all around the calendar.


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