A yearning for peace following the U.S. Civil War led to the American version of Mother’s Day before it was widened to include all that’s great about moms.
What mother doesn’t yearn for peace? Peace at home and peace from the battlefield.
Songwriter Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a Mother’s Day for Peace after the Civil War. Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
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