Has this been discussed here before? I don't recall if it has. It's interesting though perhaps not much to debate.

I'm going to print up and use it for my Mother's Day cards next year.


http://themoderatevoice.com/19524/the-fierce-origin-of-mothers-day-a-lost-story/



This is the origin of Mother's Day in the US. The proclamation was written after the civil war.

Written by Julia Ward Howe (she also wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Motherís Day Proclamation - 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
We will not have questions answered 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 voice of a 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 our 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 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.