Know about the details of the
Mother's Day proclamation, 2002 given by the president of the US,
George W. Bush.
MOTHERS DAY PROCLAMATION GEORGE BUSH
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 9, 2002
Mother's Day, 2002 A Proclamation
By the President of the United States of America
Mothers are central to the success of the American family. Their
love, dedication, and wisdom touch countless lives every day in
every community throughout our land. And their love and guidance of
children help to develop healthy and spiritually sound families.
President John Quincy Adams once said, "All that I am my
mother made me." President Abraham Lincoln believed, "All
that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my
mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung
to me all my life." These statements are just as true for the
millions of Americans who credit their mothers for helping to
successfully shape their lives.
Millions of American mothers are at work in communities across the
United States, improving the lives of their families and their
neighbors through countless acts of thoughtful kindness. They
energize, inspire, and effect change in homes, schools, governments,
and businesses throughout our country. By their example, mothers
teach their children that serving others is the greatest gift they
Nearly 100 years ago, Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia helped establish
the first official Mother's Day observance. Her campaign to organize
such a holiday began as a remembrance of her late mother, who, in
the aftermath of the Civil War, had tried to establish "Mother's
Friendship Days" as a way to bring unity and reconciliation to
our Nation. In 1910, West Virginia became the first State officially
to observe Mother's Day. The idea caught on quickly; for just over a
year later, nearly every State in the Union had officially
recognized the day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued the
first Mother's Day proclamation, stating that the observance serves
as a "public expression of our love and reverence for the
mothers of our country."
On this special day and throughout the year, our mothers deserve
our greatest respect and deepest appreciation for their love and
sacrifice. I especially commend foster mothers for answering my call
to service, volunteering their time and their hearts to aid children
in need of a mother's love. To honor mothers, the Congress, by a
joint resolution approved May 8, 1914, as amended (38 Stat. 770),
has designated the second Sunday in May as "Mother's Day"
and has requested the President to call for its appropriate
observance, which, as the son of a fabulous mother, I am pleased and
honored to do again this year.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States
of America, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2002, as Mother's Day. I
encourage all Americans to express their love, respect, and
gratitude to mothers everywhere for their remarkable contributions
to their children, families, communities, and our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of
May, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
GEORGE W. BUSH