Panoramic photograph of Mother's Day services at Arlington National Cemetery in May 1925. Held in the amphitheater, Army, Navy, and Marine bands played and an address was given by Active Secretary of War Colonel Dwight F. Davies. Members of the diplomatic corps and international delegates were in attendance. The services was organized by the American War Mothers, presided over by Mrs. H. McClure of Kansas City. This service was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Formed by Johnson County native Alice Moore French (1863-1934) in May 1918, the original purpose of the American War Mothers organization was to persuade women to more strictly conserve wheat, meat, fats and sugar as part of the war effort. They also issued their own service flag" that mothers could hang in honor of their sons who were currently serving in the war. Other states quickly joined, and the organization was incorporated nationally in August 1918, the same month this photo was taken. The group is still active today.
The original nitrate negative was copied with funds provided by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 1990. This digital image was created from that copy. The copy prints and negatives are stored in Microfiche Number order. Interpositives are stored in PAN number order.
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World War, 1914-1918
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