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Friday, May 24, 2013

Honoring Those Who Serve

Mary (Jacoby) Hastings

by Mary (Jacoby) Hastings

As Memorial Day approaches, we are all reminded of lives lost in the line of service or following a term of service. It is a particularly stressful for the families who have lost loved ones and troops that served alongside someone who died in combat.

The widow of James Motley, USAF Retired, is finding her first Memorial Day without her late husband to be especially difficult. Before his passing, Jim participated in the Veterans History Project through the American Red Cross in Colorado. While he may be gone, his story will live on.
Sherry is just one of thousands facing a Memorial Day that is just too painful to celebrate, but she will honor her husband’s memory by flying the American flag.

The American Red Cross is here for all who serve, including the families of military personnel, every day of the year.

From ministering to soldiers on the battlefields of the Spanish-American War to serving today alongside military personnel in the Middle East, the American Red Cross has been supporting the United States armed forces for more than 100 years.
During WWII, the Red Cross provided extensive services to the U.S. military, its allies, and civilian war victims. The Red Cross enrolled more than 104,000 nurses for military service, prepared 27 million packages for American and Allied prisoners of war, and shipped over 300,000 tons of supplies overseas. At the military’s request, the Red Cross also initiated a national blood program that collected 13.3 million pints of blood for use by the armed forces.

Today, the Red Cross continues to be there for active duty military, reserves and veterans. Recruiting health professionals to assist at military installation clinics in Colorado is just one way the American Red Cross makes a difference today. These health professionals include individuals with training in mental health, to assist those going through a particularly rough time.

Despite its many services to the men and women who serve our country, the Red Cross is not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.

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