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Mother's Day Turns 100

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Mother's Day Turns 100

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Mother's Day Turns 100

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The 100th anniversary of Mother's Day will be observed Sunday with a $16-billion commercial blitz of cards, flowers and restaurant meals. It originated as a simple tribute to mothers marked by the wearing of a single white carnation. But the tradition spread, and it didn't take long for marketers to seize a business opportunity.

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