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Did You Know? Woodrow Wilson Declared Mothers Day a National Holiday in 1914

By May 12, 2018 No Comments
president woodrow wilson, black and white, declares a new national holiday, mothers day, may 9, 1914

Did you know that on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, declared a new national holiday, Mother’s Day?

It was proclamation 1268. Here is the full text and a picture of the proclamation from the National Archives:

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS, By a Joint Resolution approved May 8, 1914, “designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, and for other purposes”, the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country;

AND WHEREAS, By the said Joint Resolution it is made the duty of the President to request the observance of the second Sunday in May as provided for in the said Joint Resolution;

Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this ninth day
of May, in the year of our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and fourteen,
and of the Independence of the
United States one hundred and thirty-eight.

Happy Mother’s Day 2017
Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Photography Source:  President Wilson, Wikimedia | Picture of Proclamation, National Archives

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