The celebration of Mother's Day is associated with a woman named Julia Ward Howe. Julia Ward Howe was a lady who nursed the wounded during the American Civil War. And she was the first person to fight for an official Mother's Day celebration in the United States. She was such a desperate lady that in 1870 she started a crusade to institute Mother's Day as a Day for Peace.
Julia Ward Howe of Boston, Massachusetts is also known as the
famous lyricist of 'Battle Hymn of the Republic". She was
appalled by the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and wrote
the proclamation which is known as 'Mother's Day Proclamation,
1870'. She also had it translated into some other languages like
French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, and disseminated
the same internationally.
"The question forced itself on me, 'Why do not the mothers
of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of
human life, which they alone bear and know the cost? I had never
thought of this before. The august dignity of motherhood and its
terrible responsibility now appeared to me in a new aspect."