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Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

22. Mother's Day (1922)

A Senate resolution, approved on January 25, 1922, authorized the governor to call upon state officials to display the flag on all state and school buildings and for the people of the state to display it "at their homes, lodges, churches, and places of business and other suitable places" on the second Sunday of May, known as Mother's Day. This display was to be a "public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our State and other women serving it, and as an inspiration for better homes and closer ties between the home and our Commonwealth."

Mother's Day card and mother pin.

This mother pin ca. 1945 belonged to Melda Manning Anderson (1910-1988) of Pine Knot in McCreary County, Kentucky. "Mother" pins became popular in the 1940s when a generation of young men marched off to fight in World War II and left worried loved ones behind. These tokens of love were also popular gifts on Mother's Day. Donated by Ronald M. Ball, 2003.36.66. The Mother's Day card is from the Wendell Collection, 1869-1974. Kentucky Historical Society Collections.

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