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House Approves Mother’s Day Centennial Coin

On June 10, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 2268, the Mother’s Day Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

Sponsored by Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), the bill directs the secretary of the Treasury to mint 400,000 $1 coins to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Mother’s Day. The coins will be available in 2014, with the proceeds from their sale benefiting the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

H.R. 2268 recognizes the history of Mother’s Day and contains various findings, including:

  • in May 1914, the 63rd Congress approved H. J. Res. 263 designating the second Sunday in May to be observed as Mother’s Day; and
  • President Woodrow Wilson issued a Presidential Proclamation directing government officials to display the American flag on all government buildings and inviting the American people to display the flag at their homes on the second Sunday of May as a public expression of the love and reverence for the mothers of our nation.

Rep. Capito stated, “Mother’s Day is a special day for mothers across our country…[it] provides an opportunity for all of us to honor the women who have had such an important impact on our lives. With this coin, we’ll now have an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day.”

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