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Proclamation 2883—Mother's Day, 1950

April 19, 1950

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas our mothers are the fountainhead of our spiritual aspirations as individuals and of our humanitarian ideals as Americans; and

Whereas it is appropriate that on one day each year we offer public acknowledgment of the gratitude and love that we feel for our own mothers and of the reverence and respect that we feel for all mothers; and

Whereas in recognition of the fitness of such acknowledgment, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May of each year as Mother's Day, and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in commemoration of that day:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby request that Sunday, May 14, 1950, be observed as Mother's Day, and I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag on all Government buildings on that day. I also call upon the people generally to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on Sunday, May 14, 1950, as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. Let all the sons and daughters of America pay tribute to their mothers on that day and renew their devotion to the ideals for which motherhood has always stood.

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

Done at the City of Washington this 19th day of April in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.

Signature of Harry S. Truman


By the President:


Secretary of State.

Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2883—Mother's Day, 1950 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287359

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