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#1 of 4 Old 05-04-2008, 08:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Did you know that Mother’s Day began as a peace movement? That’s right, long before the flowers and cards Mother’s Day was an idea put forth by Julia Ward Howe. As the writer of the Battle Hymn of the republic, she was often asked to speak publicly to wounded soldiers. She was also a key figure in the Women’s movement and worked with widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war. She saw first hand the devastating effects that war has on individuals, families and countries. She felt compelled to call for a “Mother’s Day for Peace,” the first of which was held in 1870 and marked by this manifesto she penned:

A Mother’s Day Proclamation

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.

I'm sending this letter out to all the moms that I know... what are you doing for mother’s day?
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I always send this to all my mama friends on Mother's Day, and just did a blog posts about this! Thanks for posting it on here...

“We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence...”

― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
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I never knew about this...I wish I would have read this sooner!

You just made my day!!!
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