Sunday, May 11, 2014



Grafton, West Virginia (JFK+50) Today, the second Sunday in May, we honor all mothers in the United States and around the world.  

Happy Mother's Day!

One of the earliest suggestions for a day to honor mothers in the United States came in the form of a proclamation issued in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe.

It was Anna Jarvis from here in Grafton, West Virginia, however, who made this day possible.

Ms. Jarvis proposed a day in which each American family would honor their own mothers.

The first Mother's Day service was held on May 10, 1908 and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed "Mother's Day" a national holiday.

Ironically, Ms. Jarvis came to regret her efforts because of the commercialization of the holiday.

                          Anna Jarvis
            Photo from

JFK+50 wishes all mothers around the world a Happy Mother's Day. 


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, (1890-1995), was born here in Boston, the eldest child of John and Mary Fitzgerald.

Rose married Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. on October 7, 1914. The Kennedys had nine children, JFK being the second.

In 1987, in celebration of his grandmother's 97th birthday, Representative Joseph Kennedy II said that Rose Kennedy was...

"the magnet that always pulled us together as a family.  Grandmother's so strong and just a tremendous inspiration to all of us".

Rose Kennedy died at the age of 104 on January 22, 1995.

                      Rose F. Kennedy
                        London (1939)
                         JFK Library