[saymaListserv] Fw: Mothers, Father, Fellow Siblings All
hensign at mindspring.com
Mon May 5 21:54:41 JEST 2003
I thought friends might appreciate reading these words, too. this was
forwarded to me by a presbyterian friend, a military spouse, active in
peacemaking activities in fayetteville, where she currently lives. her
husband has been in afghanistan most recently. peace to all, beth ensign
> With Mother's Day coming up soon, let us recall and celebrate the
> true purpose.
> Mothers' Day Proclamation
> by Julia Ward Howe Boston 1870
> Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War as a protest to
> carnage of war by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original
> Mother's Day Proclamation:
> Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether
> 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
> 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
> It says "Disarm, Disarm! The Sword of Murder is not the balance of
> 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
> 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
> 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
> some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent
> its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the
> amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general
> interests of peace.
> Julia Ward Howe, Boston 1870.
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