On May 8, nearly 150 guests and volunteers from the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region celebrated World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day alongside hundreds of Red Cross chapters and societies around the world.
The event is held each year in honor of Henry Dunant, who founded the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement over 150 years ago, and celebrates the fundamental principles of the Movement and its humanitarian impact around the globe.
This year’s event was hosted at the Board of Governors Hall at historic American Red Cross National Headquarters and was celebrated with food, dance, and storytelling.
Marli Yamada Carvalho, International Services Committee Chair, has served on the committee for World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day since 2002
"The focus of the event is to emphasize the fundamental principles of the Red Cross while also inviting the public to come and learn about the different services offered by the Red Cross," said Carvalho.
The event featured several speakers from the American Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and guests were treated to a performance by the Taylor Elementary International Folk Dance Team.
Anna Nelson, ICRC spokesperson, shared examples of recent diplomatic international efforts to promote the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement, including a Kentucky family's three generations of volunteers and efforts of the United National Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
"We are connected geographically but also through time. We are connected by this day to millions of people across the globe who are also celebrating Henry Dunant's birthday," said Nelson. "We are connected to generations of individuals who believed in the same fundamental principles... who believed in the power of humanity."