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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Sentimental Sunday :: 1st Mother's Day

On this date in our U.S. history . . . the 9th day of May . . . in the year 1914 . . . President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation setting aside the second Sunday in May as the official Mother's Day -- this day to be a national expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country. The proclamation, issued 95 years ago today, read in part as follows:
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.

So if you happen to drive by my house tomorrow, and wonder why there's a flag flying in my yard, it's flying for my Mom and my sisters and the Mommies of my grand-nephews. And it's flying for the grandmas . . .

Tomorrow will be the first Mother's Day for two of my beautiful nieces -- which means that I have officially been a grand-aunt for almost eight months now -- and this collage is for the new Mommies.

  • That's my Mom in the lower left corner.
  • At the top, on the left, is my middle sister holding her middle child, who is in turn holding her own son in the photo just to the right.
  • On the right side of the collage, the lower photo is my youngest sister holding her first born child, who in turn is holding her own son in the upper right photo.

They choose a day to honor her
And rightful homage to her pay,
Yet always I'm compelled to think
That every day is Mother's Day.
Jean Guillaume


Beth Niquette said...

I did not realise flags are flown on Mother's Day. I shall put my out promptly!

Happy Mother's Day and thank you for the wonderful history!

jturman said...

You are too good!! Happy Mother's Day to you too! We love you Grand-Aunt and Aunt Vickie!! Love, Jaime, Mike & Miles Turman

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