03/03/04 16:41:39 Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims March "Red Cross Month"
Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims March "Red Cross Month"
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Governor of the State of California
Each year, the American people face crises that threaten lives and test endurance,
and the American Red Cross plays
a critical role in providing relief and offering hope.
Founded in 1881 by the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton, the Red Cross started
by serving people in need
during wartime. President Franklin Roosevelt declared March
1943, "Red Cross Month" to promote the World War II
"Roll Call" fundraising drive. This
effort generated nearly $146 million dollars for what Roosevelt called the
crusade of mercy in all of history." Today, the Red Cross ranks among the world's foremost
humanitarian organizations, providing aid to victims of disease, famine, war and
natural disasters at home and
around the globe.
The Red Cross also helps Californians prepare for and respond to life-threatening emergencies.
Last year, the
Red Cross provided health and safety training classes for more than 850,000
California residents, and collected
thousands of units of blood for needy recipients. In
California alone, the Red Cross responded to almost 4,000
disasters in 2003, including the
Southern California wildfires where they were instrumental in facilitating recovery
This month, we honor the thousands of Red Cross donors and volunteers in California. Their service
that the strength of our great state lies in the indomitable spirit of people who give
generously to prevent and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim
March 2004, as
"Red Cross Month" in California.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have here unto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California
to be affixed
this the first day of March 2004.
/s/ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
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