29 Kids Whose Mothers Day Gifts Made Their Parents Laugh

#2 Our Gift For Mother’s Day But, as National Geographic points out, others had the idea first, and with different agendas. Julia Ward Howe, better known for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” promoted a Mothers’ Peace Day as early as 1872. For Howe and other antiwar activists, including Anna Jarvis’s mother, Mother’s Day was a way to promote global unity after the horrors of the American Civil War and Europe’s Franco-Prussian War. He didn’t suggest a specific date for the occasion, though he did mention that Mother’s Day should be held on a Sunday. Local “aeries” of the Fraternal Order of Eagles took up Hering’s challenge. To this day, the organization still holds Hering and the Eagles as …