Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Julia Ward Howe
1819 - 1910
Julia Ward Howe is credited with planting the seed for a "Mother's Day" after publishing a poem entitled "Mother's Day Proclamation".

Written in 1870, the words were inspired by her life's experiences including the horrors of the Civil War.

Her most famous work was created years earlier and inspired by a visit to a Union soldier encampment near the Potomac River.  The sounds of soldiers singing "Jim Brown's Body" moved her to write a new set of lyrics to the song.  Her new creation was the "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, declaring Mother's Day and invited the people of the United States "to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. "

View a copy of President Wilson's proclamation here.

Learn more about Julia Ward Howe here.

Mothers Day Proclamation
Julia Ward Howe

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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