The American Red Cross welcomes President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the organization’s Honorary Chairman, a tradition all U.S. Presidents have followed since 1913.
In 1906, the American Red Cross added a largely ceremonial office of President to its structure, a title that was changed to Honorary Chairman in 1947. In 1913, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson agreed to serve in this position, establishing a tradition followed by all subsequent presidents.
In addition to his role as Honorary Chairman, President Biden is responsible for appointing the chairman of the Board of Governors and designating members of his Administration to serve on the Red Cross Cabinet Council. The President’s signature is also on the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit National Lifesaving Award, the organization’s highest award for people who have used the skills they learned in Red Cross courses to help save or sustain a life.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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