On the 2nd anniversary of her mother’s death, Anna honored her mother at their home church. She handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, the white carnations, as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday.
On Mother’s Day, the U.S. flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at people’s homes “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Slowly and gradually, Mother’s day popularity grew along with the emphasis of commercialism. This was never Anna’s intent, as she believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.
Regardless of Jarvis’s worries, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. The second Sunday of May has become one of the most popular day of the year. Although Anna may not be with us, Mother’s day lives on and has spread to various countries of the world. Many countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day at various times during the year, but some such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.