Mother's Day, 2001
By the President of the United States of America
No matter what direction life takes us, a mother's love and guidance are a
tremendous blessing that help us to grow up as stable, responsible, and caring
individuals. As nurturers, teachers, and protectors, mothers' unconditional
affection helps their children to blossom into mature adults. In partnership
with fathers, mothers play a critical role in building healthy families.
Anna M. Jarvis is credited with influencing the Congress in 1914 to establish
an official Mother's Day as a tribute to her beloved mother and to all mothers.
She conceived of the day as a time when children could formally demonstrate
respect for their mothers and reinforce family bonds.
Mothers who teach us right from wrong and to love our neighbors merit our
deepest gratitude and appreciation. Beyond their more traditional role in
rearing children, many mothers also face responsibilities outside the home as
members of the workforce. At the same time, they may be caring not only for
their biological or adopted children but also for stepchildren or foster
Many American families are now headed solely by women, and these women
shoulder enormous responsibilities. For the good of their families and our
Nation, we must strive to provide support and assistance to those mothers, such
as, opportunities for training and employment; early childhood education for
their young ones; and safe, affordable, and high-quality childcare. But fathers
must also remain committed and involved in the lives of their children. By
fulfilling their financial and nurturing responsibilities, fathers help ensure
the well-being of their children and ease the burden on those women who carry
the primary responsibility of caring for their families.
Whatever their circumstances, mothers demonstrate daily how their devotion,
strength, and wisdom make all the difference in the lives of their children. To
honor mothers, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38
Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day"
and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim May 13, 2001, as Mother's Day. I encourage all
Americans to honor the importance of mothers and to celebrate how their love and
devotion are crucial to the well--being of children, families, and our society.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this day of May, in the year
of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and twenty-fifth.
GEORGE W. BUSH