World Red Cross Day 2021.
World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on May 8. The occasion is marked to celebrate the principles, history, values , and impact of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
On this day, people pay tribute to members and volunteers of the organization who contribute to humanitarian work.
History of World Red Cross Day:
Swiss humanitarian Henry Dunant’s book Memory of Solferino on the suffering at the battle of Solferino in Italy spawned several relief societies. This later morphed into the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
May 8 has been selected as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in honor of Dunant, as it is his birthday. Dunant received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 for his contribution to humanitarian acts.
The occasion was first called World Red Cross Day, but later became World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in 1984.
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Importance of World Red Cross Day:
After World War I, the tradition of celebrating an annual Red Cross day was established and it was called the Red Cross Truce. The day is significant as it celebrates the spirit of volunteers to provide medical aid to all without discrimination.
During wars or epidemics, the Red Cross not only provides medical care to people but also other types of assistance.
This year, the theme of World Red Cross Day is “unstoppable.” The day aims to celebrate his long journey and also reaffirm his commitment to the humanitarian mission.
According to the official website, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the importance of its entire movement. The ICRC is working with local societies to provide a coordinated response to this crisis.
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