from Nomi Prins:
More than a century ago, before it became the commercialized occasion it is today, Congress approved the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. It declared that the American mother marked, “the greatest source of the country’s strength and inspiration.” American protocol requires each President to issue a new Mother’s Day proclamation every year.
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson first officially proclaimed Mother’s Day, He directed the display of the American flag on Government buildings and citizen residences “as a public expression of love and reverences for the mothers of our country.”
Two years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) took office, he decided that rather than issue a special proclamation, he would deliver a White House statement instead. On May 7, 1935, he said that tributes to American mothers should “come simply and spontaneously from our hearts.”
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