Celebrate Word Red Cross Day!!!

Celebrate World Red Cross Day on May 8 at Historic National Headquarters!

Join the American Red Cross to celebrate humanitarian work

and local and global impact of the Red Cross mission


May 1, 2014:  The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region will commemorate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at American Red Cross National Headquarters - Board of Governor's Hall, 430 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006. A special program will be held and refreshments served.  Matthew Anderson, Roster Officer for the International Response Operations Center for the Red Cross, will speak about international disaster response Philippines last year and his experience there. Anna Nelson, representing the International Committee of the Red Cross, will discuss 150 years of humanitarian action and The Taylor Elementary School from Arlington, VA will have their International Dance Team will perform dances to link the Americas, European, Asian and African culture.

This important day is celebrated each year in honor of Henry Dunant, who founded the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day is an international day that is dedicated to alleviating human suffering, upholding human dignity, protecting life, and preventing emergencies and natural disasters such as flood, epidemics, and earthquakes. The fundamental principles recognized during World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day are impartiality, humanity, independence, neutrality, voluntary, universality, and unity. All components of Red Cross organizations uphold and respect these principles.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is meant to inspire, facilitate and also promote all humanitarian activities that are carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and National Societies which are its members. This is the day when members of the international Red Cross movement raise the need in assisting suffering people. People are reminded of the need of protecting their lives as well as the dignity of the victims of any armed conflicts and all situations of violence.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that are affiliates to ICRC celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in their countries to raise awareness of the need to protect life. The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region’s event highlights international services such as the reunion of separated family members through the Red Cross.

RSVP Information:

This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP by May 6 by contacting Norma Gamero at norma.gamero@redcross.org or (240) 485-3053.

Parking Information:

Limited street parking is available. American Red Cross National Headquarters is also accessible via the Blue and Orange lines at Farragut West and McPherson Square and Red Lines at Farragut North.


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