This week theme/prompt is HEADS - Mother
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I’m sure the intent of this week’s theme is to celebrate our Mother since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday. I'm going to wait until Sunday to do a post about my Mother and/or mother's in general. Today I'm going to share how Mother's Day started.
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of Republic” first suggested this concept in 1872. It wasn’t until 1907 when Anna Jarvis held a ceremony in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother who died two years earlier. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to create a national holiday honoring mothers. In 1910 West Virginia became the first state to recognize the new holiday and the nation followed in 1914 when President Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis was never married and was never a Mother herself.
Doing research for the dates for this post I also read Shelly Moore Capito, a US Senator for West Virginia, proposed a Mother's Day coin. It is to be minted in 2014. Shelly is the daughter of one of our former Governors, Arch Moore.