A Tribute to Our Independence Day

Hey Red Cross Readers! When you see the fireworks on the Fourth of July and remember our fight for independence, remember also that the Red Cross movement began on the battlefield. After witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Henry Dunant organized and set up temporary hospitals, recruited volunteers, and cared for the wounded soldiers without regard to their side in the conflict.

The Red Cross has always embraced the principles of voluntary service and neutrality, and we still provide vital services to military personnel through our Services to the Armed Forces Program. This program is an emergency communication network that transmits over 800,000 messages a year for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. We recently expanded our Service to Armed Forces Program to include active military members and veterans who are currently at military hospitals. Whether it is the happy news of the birth of a child or difficult news that a loved one has been critically injured, the support we receive is what enables this communication.

Independence Day is a great time to show your support of our troops and veterans. Join us in making this important expansion possible. Honor someone who has significantly impacted your life by giving a tribute gift in their honor or in memory. Visit our website or call (312) 729-6120 with any questions and make your gift today.

To reach members of your family who are in the armed forces, during times of emergency need, call the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Community Facility toll-free number: 1-888-737-4306. Thanks for your support!

– George Hofmann is an intern with the Resource Development at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

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