The American Red Cross of Colorado will celebrate 100 years of service to the military with a special Veterans Day commemoration on Tuesday, Nov. 11, featuring a large “thank-you” banner that members of the public are invited to sign with personalized messages.
The banner thanks veterans and active military for their service and will be presented to local military. The public will also have an opportunity to sign holiday cards for delivery to local military installations, veterans hospitals and veterans programs.
The event is taking place on the official 100th anniversary of the first American Red Cross chapter charter in Colorado -- Nov. 11, 1914, in Colorado Springs. The first Denver-based chapter was chartered 10 days later, on Nov. 21, 1914.
WHAT: Giant Veterans Day Thank-You Banner and Holiday Card Signing Event
WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11
WHERE: In front of Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 16th and Curtis Street, Denver
The volunteers who launched Colorado-based Red Cross efforts were inspired into action by the outbreak of WWI and a knowledge that American soldiers would soon be in need of support. The newly chartered Pikes Peak chapter quickly raised $200,000 to support Red Cross staff and supplies providing humanitarian relief. By 1916, scores of Red Cross volunteer groups in the Denver area were making hospital supplies – 25,000 articles in all, from bed gowns to surgical dressings.
Red Cross services to the military continued through all of the wars of the 20th Century, including the launch of canteens, Motor Corps, Nurses Aid training, Clubmobiles, programs to help wounded warriors and veterans, and the well-known “Donut Dolly” program.
Today, the Red Cross continues its long history of service. Each year, the Red Cross provides thousands of emergency communications between deployed military and their families back home; helps to prepare troops for their deployment as well as post-deployment challenges; helps support military families while their loves ones are overseas; and visits members of the military in V.A. hospitals.
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.