The American Red Cross was out in force this weekend during observances of Memorial Day.
On Cape Cod, with regional volunteers and volunteers from the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter, the Red Cross was supporting 300 who were at the National Military Cemetery. Community members placed 57,200 flags on each grave.
The American Red Cross has its roots as an organization serving the members of our military – founder Clara Barton served the troops at the battles of Fairfax Station, Chantilly, Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Charleston, Petersburg and Cold Harbor. She had participated in establishing a national cemetery around the graves of the Union men who died in the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. She had campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts still provides services to soldiers, veterans and their families. Please visit our Service to the Armed Forces page.
For information or referrals, please contact EasternMassSAF@redcross.org or call Lynn Levine, Program Manager for Service to Armed Forces for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, at 617-274-5233.