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To show appreciation to the greatest woman of our lives, a special day was declared to honor our mothers. The first Mother?s Day holiday was celebrated on April 26, 1910 in West Virginia. The holiday traces its roots to one humble structure in Grafton, West Virginia ? the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, otherwise known as International Mother?s Day Shrine.

Everything Mother?s Day is product of the efforts of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. To honor her mother Ann Jarvis, who served as a nurse during the Civil war, her daughter Ann Maria Jarvis made a request to the superintendent of Andrews Methodist Church to celebrate Mother?s Day in honor of her mom. The holiday took root and spread. Eventually, President Woodrow Wilson enacted a resolution calling for the second Sunday of May as Mother?s Day in 1914. The shrine was inducted into the National Historic Landmark in 1992.
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