Fun Fact Friday: American Red Cross & The Spanish-American War


Did you know that in 1898, the Spanish-American War was the first time the American Red Cross took part of a war? Since then, the Red Cross has also provided services for other wars such as both World Wars and Vietnam War.  Here are some fun and interesting facts about what the Red Cross did for the Spanish-American War:

  • The Red Cross provided aid such as nursing care, medical supplies, and more for the American soldiers.
  • Clara Barton, founder of American Red Cross, went to hospitals to enlist nurses to work at the medical camps in Florida and Cuba. She was 76 years old when this happened. Can you believe it?
  • The Red Cross did not forget about the families back at home. The Red Cross assisted the inquiries from families.
  • All of the dedication and help paid off. In 1900, the Red Cross received the first charter from the U.S. Congress.

The Red Cross continues to have a strong partnership with the American military. The services for the American military and their families will also continue to be provided with compassion and dedication. Learn more about our history by visiting

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