Written by Fallon Pierson
Last updated on May 12, 2013 @ 7:43PM
Created on May 11, 2013 @ 6:43PM
Our state is known for many things, including being the birthplace of Anna Jarvis, who was the founder of Mother's Day. Since that's on Sunday, celebrations for the holiday are in full swing.
Mother's Day Founder Festival at the Anna Jarvis Museum in Taylor County had moms listening to speakers, singing, and one special mom got the award for Mother of the Year on Saturday.
The goal of the day was to learn about the importance of Mother's Day and a little bit of history as well.
Speakers at the event told the history of Anna Jarvis and how she helped nurse soldiers back to health who were on both sides of The Civil War- how she didn't pick sides and tried to reunite families that the war had tore apart.
Because of those motherly efforts, and because it was always Anna's mom's wish to have a day set aside for mothers, she worked hard to get it recognized as a holiday.
Luckily, Anna had a friendship with the president at the time. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914, and it is now celebrated all around the world.
On an interesting note, the lone survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster was there with his wife and talked about how important she was to him, when they went through that tragedy.
Randall McCloy, Jr. said, "I think it's a good way to honor my wife in that respect and Mother's Day, as well. She stuck with me, like peas and carrots, right beside me, the whole time. I don't know of any other woman who would've done that."
The couple have had five children since the mining tragedy, two of which who are adopted.
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