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World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day

Today, Sunday May 8th 2011, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. All around the United States, chapters and youth volunteers will be holding fundraising and community service events, just like your counterparts around the world.

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is held every year on May 8th, which is the birthday of Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross movement. Henri was born in 1828, which would make him a ripe old 183 years old today. That’s a lot of candles. And did you know that Henri founded the Red Cross movement when he was only 31?

In celebration of World Red Cross Red Crescent day, 935 people – and one dog – joined together to form a world record-breaking “largest human red cross” on top of the opera house in Oslo. Is this just remarkable?!

 
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2 comments on “World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day

  1. Gary Zaetz
    May 8, 2011

    In honor of World Red Cross Red Crescent Day 2011, we should remember with approval the significant role played by the ICRC in supporting the rights of families to a proper accounting of their war dead. As Resolution 3220 of the UN General Assembly observed, “The General Assembly…Noting with satisfaction resolution V, adopted by the twenty-second International Conference of the Red Cross held at Teheran from 28 October to 15 November 1973, calling on parties to armed conflicts to accomplish the humanitarian task of accounting for the missing and dead in armed conflicts..Appreciates the continuing efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist in the task of accounting for the missing and dead in armed conflicts.” (http://www.missing-cy.org/archive/archive_section_41.html)…Gary Zaetz, nephew of World War II MIA 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz, United States Army Air Forces

    • Gary Zaetz
      December 22, 2013

      In the years since I posted that comment on May 8, 2011, I and other family members of American military aviators lost in India during World War II have made repeated pleas to the ICRC for assistance in recovering the remains of our loved ones there, pleas completely consistent with the ICRC’s “humanitarian task of accounting for the missing and dead in armed conflicts.” All of these pleas were either ignored or rejected out of hand. The ICRC continues to assist families of other countries with similar concerns,but apparently thinks its okay to discriminate against American families approaching it for assistance with recovering their loved ones….Gary Zaetz, nephew of World War II American MIA 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz, missing in action in Arunachal Pradesh, India, since January 25, 1944.

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