Mother's Day. Brunch. Phone Calls Home. Gifts. Flowers.
That's right. Mother's Day was originally a celebration of peace. It was commemoration and proclamation against war.
In the United States, Mother's Day was originally suggested by poet and social activist Julia Ward Howe. In 1870, after witnessing the carnage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War, she wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. This "Mother's Day Proclamation" would plant the seed for what would eventually become a national holiday.
After writing the proclamation, Howe had it translated into many languages and spent the next two years of her life distributing it and speaking to women leaders all over the world. In her book Reminiscences, Howe wrote, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they along bear and know the cost?"
Over at DailyKos, McJoan passes along this video - from Mother's Day for Peace and encourages you to donate to No More Victims, a group that brings injured Iraqi children to the United States for medical treatment.
So, on Sunday, when you're remembering your mother -- remember all the mothers.