Early "Mother's Day" in the U.S. was mostly marked by women's peace groups. In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a "Mother's Friendship Day",whose purpose was "to reunite famlies that had been divided during the Civil War, and wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular.
In its form, Mothers Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905., with the help of a Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker. In May 7, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grefton, West Virginia, where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school. But, the first "official" service was in May 10, 1908 in the same church. She then campaigned to establish Mother's Day as a U.S. national holiday and later as an international holiday.
The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of the states followed quickly. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designiating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and requesting a proclamation. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, declaring the first national Mother's Day, as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose son's had died in war.
In 1934, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating the holiday. In May, 2008, the U.S. House of Representative voted twice on a resolution commemorating Mother's Day, the first one being unanimous so that all congressmen would be on record showing support for Mother's Day. The Grafton's Church, where the first celebration was held, is now the International Mother's Day Shrine and is a National Historic Landmark.
This year Mother's Day is celabrated on May 9, 2010. I am wishing all you moms a very nice Mother's Day and please don't forget your mother's. If you know of a mother that has lost her children or has out lived them, please help her out with some flowers and a card, thank you.