Thursday, May 21, 2009

On This Day

On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton, a school teacher who had moved to Washington at the outbreak of the Civil War. Clara Barton distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and, at the request of President Lincoln, aided in searching for missing men. Clara Barton helped in hospitals in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and in Europe during the Franco-German war. It was there that she worked alongside Henri Dunant, founder of the International Red Cross. The rest, as they say, is history!

PS. Don’t forget to vote for the Red Cross at We’ve dropped to 2nd place so we have some ground to make up!

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