By the president of the United says of America A Proclamation

Maternal love is the an initial tangible bond any kind of human gift knows. That is a tie at as soon as physical, emotional, psychological, and mystical. With every one of the native that have actually been written about motherhood, every one of the poems of tribute and gratitude that have been penned through the ages, all of the portraits that a mother and also child that have actually been painted under the centuries, none has actually come close to expressing in complete the thankfulness and also joy fan to mothers.

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The mark of motherhood, as the story of Solomon and the questioned infant in the very first Book of kings shows, is a devotion to the well-being of the boy so total that that overlooks itself and its own preferences and needs. That is a love that risks all, bear all, braves all. Together it heals and strengthens and inspires in its objects an expertise of self-sacrifice and devotion, that is the parent of many another love together well.

The arms of a mommy are the newborn"s an initial cradle and also the injured child"s first refuge. The hands of a mother are the hand of treatment for the boy who is near and also of prayer because that the one that is much away. The eyes of a mother are the eye of fond surprised at baby"s very first step, the eyes of unspoken concern at the young adult"s very first voyage from home, the eyes of gladness in ~ every call or visit that states she is honored and remembered. The heart of a mother is a heart the is constantly full.

Generation after ~ generation has actually measured love through the work and also wonder that motherhood. Because that these gifts, ever ancient and ever new, us cannot pause too often to offer thanks to mothers. As poor as our homage might be and as short as a solitary day is come express it—"What possible comparison to be there," a good saint composed of his mother, "between the respect I proved her and also the business she had actually rendered me?"-Mother"s work affords united state an opportunity to satisfy one the life"s the happiest duties.

In recognition of the contributions of mothers to your families and to our Nation, the Congress, by a share resolution approved may 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the 2nd Sunday in May every year as Mother"s Day and also requested the president to call for its ideal observance.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, president of the United says of America, carry out hereby request that Sunday, might 8, 1988, it is in observed as Mother"s Day. I urge every Americans come express their love and also respect for your mothers and to reflect ~ above the prominence of motherhood to the wellness of our country. I straight government public official to screen the flag of the United says on every Federal government buildings, and I advice all citizens to display screen the flag at their homes and also other perfect places on the day.

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In witness Whereof, I have actually hereunto collection my hand this twenty-sixth day of April, in the year that our lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the independence of the United claims of America the two hundred and twelfth.


Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5801—Mother's Day, 1988 online by Gerhard Peters and also John T. Woolley, The American job