Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate all moms to let them know how special they truly are to us. This day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Anna conceived of Mother’s Day after the death of her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis.
In 1868, Ann Reeves Jarvis, organized a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”, the purpose of which was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Ann Jarvis, who had previously organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs to improve sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak, wanted to expand these into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the annual celebration was established. Her daughter, Anna, would continue her mother’s efforts.
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