Today is World Red Cross Day. It is celebrated every year on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, in his memory. Henry Dunant was born on May 8, 1828 in Geneva, Switzerland. The main purpose of celebrating World Red Cross Day is to save and maintain healthy human lives. It was first celebrated in 1948. However, the official acceptance of World Red Cross Day was achieved in 1984. Since then, it has been celebrated every year.
History of World Red Cross Day: The story goes back to the year 1859. When a fierce war broke out in Solferino (Italy). More than 40,000 soldiers lost their lives in this war. Henry Dunant was imagined by the state of wounded soldiers. At this time, Henry, together with the villagers, helped wounded soldiers and saved their lives. Around this time, Henry wrote a book called A Memory of Solferino. In this book, Henry also mentioned the formation of aid committees to protect wounded soldiers. As a result, the Geneva Public Welfare Society also set up a committee in February 1863. A world conference was also launched that year. At this conference, a proposal was presented for the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which was adopted in 1876.
Significance of World Red Cross Day: The main purpose of World Red Cross Day is to protect helpless and injured soldiers and civilians. Especially during the Covid period, the importance of the global Red Cross had increased even further. The Red Cross is committed to acting on a war footing to overcome this epidemic. The people associated with this organization were committed to serving people in need all over the world to protect them from Corona.
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