Mother's Day, 2001
By the President of the United States of America
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The mother is
the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the
successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist." Today, mothers
continue to be an important part of our national character. On Mother's Day, we
honor the women whose steadfast love and wisdom have made America a better
During the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic," proposed renaming July 4 as Mother's Day and a day dedicated to
peace. Anna Reeves Jarvis also began working for a similar holiday and sponsored
a Mother's Friendship Day in her hometown to reunite families divided by the
war. It was not until 2 years after her mother's death that her daughter, Anna
M. Jarvis, started the campaign for the observance of Mother's Day in the United
States. By 1911, Mother's Day was observed in nearly every State of the Union,
and in 1914, responding to a joint resolution of the Congress, President Woodrow
Wilson officially designated Mother's Day a national observance.
Motherhood is a rewarding and often difficult job. A mother is a child's
first teacher and affects a child's life like few others can. Effective mothers
can inspire their sons and daughters to love themselves and others, work hard,
make healthy choices, serve causes greater than self, and achieve their dreams.
Mothers who protect, teach, and nurture their children with all their hearts
strengthen their families and help build a better future for our country.
This Mother's Day, we express our heartfelt thanks to our mothers for their
unconditional love and guidance. We take time to recognize the many mothers who
are supporting their brave sons and daughters in the Armed Forces, and the many
others who are themselves serving proudly in defense of America's freedom and
security. The service and sacrifice of these women reflect the best of our
Nation. They and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914, as amended (38
Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day"
and has requested the President to call for its appropriate observance. In honor
of all of our Nation's mothers, I am pleased to do so.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
do hereby proclaim May 9, 2004, as Mother's Day. I commend mothers for the
important contributions they make to our society and encourage all Americans to
express their love, gratitude, and respect for mothers, and to honor their
mothers on this day and throughout the year.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in
the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH