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Sound Off: What’s the history of Mother’s Day?

Anna Marie Jarvis, a resident of West Virginia, first successfully lobbied her state to recognize a day for mothers in 1910. Four years later, on May 9, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day and that, from then on, it would be celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Carnations, a favorite of Jarvis’ mother, and flying flags, to honor mothers who had lost sons in World War I, were associated with the first celebration of the holiday, according to the Library of Congress’ website.


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