I’m happy to report that American Red Cross activity and presence is growing in Tulare and Kings Counties! We recently participated in two events for Veteran’s Day – the first Visalia Veteran’s Day Parade and Veteran’s Resource Fair, and Porterville’s Veteran’s Day Parade.
At Visalia’s Veteran’s festivities this past Saturday, our Emergency Response Vehicle, or “ERV,” rolled down Main Street and right in front of our office. The parade ended at the Visalia Veteran’s Memorial Building, where a Resource Fair honoring those who have served took place. We provided disaster preparedness information as well as literature on the various ways we serve our military and their families through our Service to the Armed Forces. The Red Cross office was also open for parade goers to stop by and learn about our various missions and volunteer opportunities.
Porterville’s Veteran’s Day Parade took place yesterday on Main Street and a moment of silence was observed at 11:00, as it is tradition to commemorate the end of World War I. The ERV followed a local middle school marching band and when we crossed in front of the parade stand, a U.S. Army General saluted us! Many service members, both active and veteran, as well as other citizens, applauded our presence and thanked us for all that we do. It was another great reminder of the fantastic services the American Red Cross provides.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the Red Cross staff and volunteers that participated in these events! Without your dedication and support, we would not be the outstanding organization we are today.
Amitai "Tai" S. Zuckerman
American Red Cross – Tulare and Kings Counties
AmeriCorps NPRC Member 2013-2014
Community Preparedness and Resilience Services