Celebrating Mother’s Day

That we have a Mother’s Day in the United States is due to the tireless efforts of Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother Ann Jarvis and felt all of us should honor our mothers as the person to whom we owe the most in the world. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and who founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs to do public health projects. In 1908, the U.S Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day”. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910). In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

So today we bring you songs in honor of mothers.  We start with the initiation of the mother-child relationship, and move on to the aspirations our mothers have for us and offer some maternal advice followed by mother’s advice ignored.  We celebrate mother’s love and the value of a mother’s work, give you a few admonishments to attend to and care for our mothers and wrap up by honoring mothers in memory

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