Mother’s Day may seem like a holiday that has been celebrated forever in the U.S., but it wasn’t until 1914—less than 100 years ago—when Congress and President Woodrow Wilson officially designated this annual holiday on the second Sunday of each May that commemorates mothers. The recognition of this special day was spearheaded by Anna Marie Jarvis to honor the work of her mother, famous social activist Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis who fought for workers’ health and safety for the women who attended to wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Ironically, after the holiday was declared Anna Marie spent the rest of her life campaigning bitterly against the holiday, because she did not believe that mainstream Mother’s Day activities did not commemorate mothers enough!
Thankfully, you can send a free, personalized ecard to let your mother know how much she is appreciated any day of the year! You can include your photo and voice, too, for that extra special touch.
Make Mom smile with a free, personalized ecards today!
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, www.AnnaJarvisHouse.com