Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

June 12, 2014

DAR honors 100th Mother’s Day

CROSSVILLE — The Crab-Orchard Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day at their recent meeting by presenting each member and guest present a carnation.

In 1868 Ann Jarvis, mother of Anna Jarvis, created a committee to establish a Mother’s Friendship Day. The purpose of which was to “reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Jarvis, who had previously organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak, wanted to expand this into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter continued her mother’s efforts.

Largely through the efforts of Jarvis, Mother’s Day came to be observied in a growing number of cities and states until United States President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 officially set aside the second Sunday in May as the official Mother’s Day.

Carnations, which was the favorite flowers of Anna Jarvis’s mother, have come to represent Mother’s Day since Anna Jarvis delivered 600 of them at the first celebration in 1908. Many religious services later adopted the custom of giving away carnations. In part due to a shortage of white carnations, and in part due to the efforts to expand the sales of more types of flowers on Mother’s Day, a florist invented the idea of wearing a red carnation if your mother was living or a white one if she was deceased.

Chapter Daughter Sandy McRae donated the 30 carnations in memory of her mother.

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