Celebrating World Red Cross Day on May 8

Little girl after a disaster with a Red Cross bag
Come Celebrate World Red Cross Day on May 8th at 430 17th St., NW in Washington, DC

The American Red Cross joins with the 187 other Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the globe annually on May 8 to celebrate World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day. This date marks the birth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent network's founder Henry Dunant .

Motivated by his experiences during the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Dunant advocated for the humane treatment of the sick and wounded during wartime. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book A Memory of Solferino which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863.

Today, more than 150 years after the conflict, the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network is comprised of more than 13 million volunteers and assists more than 300 million people worldwide each year.

To commemorate 150 years of humanitarian action, the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region will kick-off the celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013 by conducting three International Humanitarian Law trainings throughout the region. The trainings will be held at our Red Cross facilities in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax, VA. from 9 am-1 pm.

These sessions lead up to the grand finale World Red Cross Day Celebration and Reception on May 8 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. at American Red Cross National Headquarters, 430 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. Speakers for the event include Harold Brooks, senior vice president of International Operations, Linda Mathes, CEO of the National Capital Region and Eric Sigmund, Advisor at American Red Cross for International Humanitarian Law. The event will also include informational booths, entertainment, refreshments, and more.

RSVP’s are required by Tuesday, April 30 to norma.gamero@redcross.org or 240-485-3053.