Mothers Day in the United States can, in part, be credited to Anna Jarvis who in 1908 organized the first formal program as a tribute to her deceased Mother. A telegram sent by Anna Jarvis defined the purpose of the day: "...To revive the dormant filial love and gratitude we owe to those who gave us birth. To be a home tie for the absent. To obliterate family estrangement. To create a bond of brotherhood through the wearing of a floral badge. To make us better children by getting us closer to the hearts of our good mothers. To brighten the lives of good mothers. To have them know we appreciate them, though we do not show it as often as we ought." CoffeeCakes.com salutes Mothers everywhere and wish you a peaceful Mother's Day surrounded by those you love.
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Historians differ on the origin of Father's Day. Some say the holiday began with Mrs. John Dowd of West Virginia who wanted a special day to honor her father who raised his family after his wife died. Others say the day originated with Mrs. John Bruce Dodd who also wished to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran whose wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart raised the newborn as well as the other five children by himself. Father's Day was first observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington and the event quickly spread to other cites and towns across the country. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day in the United States. Father's Day is celebrated outside the United States although at different times of the year.
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