Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It's Mother's Day across America!
The first Mother's Day observance in the United States was a church service held in 1907 by Anna M. Jarvis. Jarvis was a Philadelphia schoolteacher who wanted a day to honor her own mother.
During the church ceremony Anna handed out her mother's favorite flowers - white carnations. The flowers represent sweetness, purity and patience.
Anna continued to solicit the help of legislators and prominent business men with the hopes of making Mother's Day a national holiday. Her efforts paid off! In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared that the second Sunday in May would officially become Mother's Day.
Of course, gifts are often associated with the day. The National Retail Federation estimates people will spend $168.94 on mom in 2013, up 11 percent from last year. The total amount spent in the U.S. is expected to be $20.7 million.
Happy Mother's Day from News19!