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The making of Mother's Day

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These lines are meant as reflection — and a reminder — that next Sunday is Mothers Day. In that it is one of the most celebrated days other than Christmas and Easter, the history of the day is interesting. Most of today’s words deal with the origin of Mothers Day. Next week we will look at some other aspects of this occasion.

None other than Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is given credit for creating the momentum of having Mothers Day recognized as a national holiday. In 1870, she issued a proclamation or declaration which should not be paraphrased. It read:

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