Happy Mother’s Day (video)
Happy Mother’s Day, Progressive Press readers! We hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.
In honor of the day, we want to share this video with you. Mother’s Day has its origins as a peace holiday. In 1858, Ann Jarvis, a young mother from West Virginia, started organizing Mother’s Work Days. After the Civil War, they focused on reconciling former enemies of the Union and Confederacy, and honoring mothers who had lost family in the war.
Inspired by the work of Ann Jarvis, and the traditional British day of Mothering Sunday, social activist Julia Ward Howe championed the cause of a national day for mothers, to unite women against war.
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1907 . And from there the custom caught on and became an official holiday in 1912, and in 1914 the President, Woodrow Wilson, declared the first national Mother’s Day.
Unfortunately, the website to make donations is no longer available, but if you would like to get involved in the peace and reconciliation process, you can visit the United States Institute of Peace at www.usip.org