Franklin D. Roosevelt

Proclamation 2045—Mother's Day

May 02, 1933

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas by House Joint Resolution 263, approved and signed by President Wilson on May 8, 1914, the second Sunday in May of each year has been designated as Mother's Day for the expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country; and

Whereas Senate Resolution 16, adopted May 1, 1933, states that "there are throughout our land today an unprecedentedly large number of mothers and dependent children who, because of unemployment or loss of their bread earners, are lacking many of the necessities of life", and the President of the United States is therein authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling these matters to the attention of our citizens on Mother's Day this year;

Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby issue my proclamation calling upon our citizens to express on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 1933, our love and reverence for motherhood:

(a) By the customary display of the United States flag on all Government buildings, homes, and other suitable places;

(b) By the usual tokens and messages of affection to our mothers; and

(c) By doing all that we can through our churches, fraternal and welfare agencies, for the relief and welfare of mothers and children who may be in need of the necessities of life.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 2d day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifty-seventh.

Signature of Franklin D. Roosevelt

By the President:
Secretary of State.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Proclamation 2045—Mother's Day Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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