In honor of Armed Forces Day, we salute our servicemen and servicewomen, veterans, and their families! The Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross provides many services for our state's military families. For more information, visit here.
Speaking of the armed forces, we also salute our organization's founder, Clara Barton, who not only started the Red Cross on May 21, 1881, but also was an important part of military history prior to starting the organization.
During the Civil War, Clara risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. And after the war, Clara offered to search for the missing prisoners of war. She and her assistants received and answered over 63,000 letters and identified over 22,000 missing men. Years later, the Red Cross established a tracing service, one of the organization’s most valued activities today. Read more about Clara here.