May 14 - Mother’s Day is a Day of Peace - A Day To End All Wars.
Mother’s Day is spelled with the apostrophe before the “s”. The founder of the holiday felt "Mother's" should ‘be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.’ " * In 1872, Julia Ward Howe called for women to support disarmament. Her thoughts were that mothers of the American Civil War, whether from the Union or the Confederate side, had their son’s damaged from the plagues of war. She wanted to unity mothers as a peace movement to end all wars. In other words, Howe did not want to honor mothers but to organize mothers against war. She wrote Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World in 1870:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 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
Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow 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 then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place 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.
Howe was not successful in getting her holiday movement to be observed on 2 June. Instead, after her death, her daughter was able to get the modern day celebration at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908 - a worship service of peace to prevent grieving mothers from war. In 1914, President Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
This was a not the original purpose behind Mother’s Day, especially when Hallmark Cards started selling cards for this holiday. Howe's daughter was unsuccessful getting the public to boycott Hallmark and to get the President to change his decreed. The commercialism of this holiday has silenced the true meaning of Mother’s Day - A Day of Peace - A Start to Stop All Wars.
______________________* From Mother’s Day creator likely ‘spinning in her grave,’” by Louis Taylor of Vancouver Sun, 7 July 2008