The American Red Cross has a standing commitment and deep relationship with the United States military, and on Veteran’s Day, volunteers and staff will show their support for area veterans.
The local chapter, serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, will be in the Veteran’s Day parade in Quincy tomorrow, Saturday, November 9 with the chapter’s Emergency Response Vehicle. Immediately following the parade, the vehicle will be parked next to Washington Park where the Red Cross will feed veterans lunch. Funds to purchase the food were generously provided by the Veteran’s Day committee.
“Any opportunity we have to support our nation’s military, we take,” said Pam Shaffer, executive director. “Veterans and service members ensured that we have freedom, and it is our responsibility as Americans to support them.”
The American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program links members of the U.S. Armed Forces with their families during a crisis, provides vital information in pre-deployment briefings, supports veterans with a variety of services and connects military members and veterans in need to available resources. Military members can have peace of mind knowing that when they are on a mission, in training or stationed far from home-and leaving cell phones and emails behind-they are still connected to home.
Last year, the Red Cross in Quincy provided Red Cross military services to 82 individuals and families.