In Herb's Archive this month, more on Frank Hering.
Mr. Hering was also the Notre Dame basketball coach in 1897. (He's
to the right of the man with the ball.)
In my research today I
learned that Frank E. Hering, Notre Dame's first fulltime football coach
(1896-98), whose activities in many national fields were familiar to his
fellow Notre Dame men, was the recipient of additional honors on Sunday,
May 10, 1931 in Indianapolis. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, who
originally sponsored Mothers' Day through Mr. Hering's leadership,
unveiled a tablet to him in the English Opera House, where, on February 7,
1904, he delivered the first address on record advocating a national
observance of a day honoring the nation's mothers.
In Arlington cemetery, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, simultaneously
with the Indianapolis observance, Mrs. Virgil McClure, president of the
American War Mothers, which organization had honored Mr. Hering as founder
of Mothers' Day, read an address prepared by Mr. Hering.
Back in Indianapolis, Father John Cavanaugh delivered an address at the
ceremony, and the inscription on the unveiled tablet read: ON THIS SITE,
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7,1904, THE FIRST KNOWN PUBLIC PLEA FOR A NATION-WIDE
OBSERVANCE OF MOTHERS' DAY WAS MADE BY FRANK E. HERING, TEACHER, ORATOR,
HUMANITARIAN, IN COMMEMORATION OF MOTHERS' DAY AND IN HONOR OF ITS BELOVED
FOUNDER THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES ERECTS THIS TABLET MAY 10, 1931.
And here, to laud the idealism of Notre Dame's "Father of Mothers'
Day," one of his poems is reprinted:
The flowers that are put upon her breast
Will shed no fragrance when her heart is stilled. The praise we whisper
when she lies at rest
Will bring no smile to lips forever chilled. Today, the petals of a
Will lure away a multitude of woes.
-By Frank E. Hering
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