Mother’s Day: Will you fly the flag?

President Wilson proclamation of first Mothers Day 1914

Click this snapshot of President Wilson’s 1914 proclamation to jump to the National Archives page, where you can download a higher-resolution version of this historical document.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Did you know …

  • You’re expected to fly Old Glory to express love and honor the mothers of our country
  • And, this Mother’s Day is the Centennial Mother’s Day holiday

The flag is one of the symbols of patriotism that almost all Americans say makes them feel good. But, until I did research for this column, I confess that I didn’t know that flying the flag on Mother’s Day was recommended as a way to honor the mothers of America.

The official proclamation that created the holiday invited all Americans to fly the flag on Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that directed “government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flay 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.”

Given the date of Wilson’s signing, this Mother’s Day marks the 100th anniversary of this national celebration. The Mother’s Day proclamation was the culmination of a campaign by Ann Jarvis, a social activist during the Civil War era, for an official Mother’s Day in the United States.

Do you believe that mothers should stay at home? Does a child need a mother and father at home to grow up happy? We’ll tackle these questions this week. Today, however, I commend to you: Click here to visit ReadTheSpirit magazine’s front page, where you’ll find a dozen more stories about Mother’s Day, Moms and their families.

What are your plans for this Mother’s Day?

Will you fly the flag?

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