On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton and a group of friends held the first meeting of the American Red Cross society in Washington, D.C.
So today, the American Red Cross turns 129. Don't we look good for our age?!
A Bit of Our History
Before Clara Barton began the American Red Cross, she helped nurse soldiers on the battlefield during the Civil War. She brought them food and other supplies. Later she helped the families of missing soldiers find out what happened to them. When Clara went to Europe on vacation in 1869, she found out about a new international organization called the Red Cross that helped wounded and sick soldiers in times of war. Because of her experiences during the Civil War, Clara was determined to bring the Red Cross idea back to America.
Thank you Clara Barton for your vision!