Letters to the Editor

'Celebrate our mothers'

The original Mother's Day was started by mothers to bring warfare to an end, not as a day of extravagant shopping.

Julia Ward Howe, the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. She had just witnessed the carnage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War.

This Mother's Day, celebrate the spirit of the holiday by giving your mother an e-card with a donation to No More Victims in her name. No More Victims, a nonprofit organization, brings war-injured Iraqi children to the United States for medical treatment. Help bring Salee, a 10-year-old Iraqi girl who lost both of her legs in the war, to receive surgical treatment and prosthetics.

Visit www.mothersdayforpeace.com and enjoy a powerful message for peace. Fine women such as Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman, Christine Lahti, Alfre Woodward and Fatma Saleh have joined in reading of the proclamation and in urging you to make a contribution in your mother's name to No More Victims.

Let's celebrate our mothers and help a child!

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh