Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Great War: June 19, 1917

On June 18, 1917, the Hudson Evening Register announced the opening of the new Red Cross headquarters at 530 Warren Street. On June 19, 1917, the paper announced Red Cross "Emblem Day," to take place the following day.

Tomorrow is Red Cross emblem day in this city. It is held coincident with the drive to raise a war fund of $100,000,000. Hudson's quota is a large one, but if the residents of this grand old city display the same generosity to-morrow as they have in former times of trial and tribulation, there is no doubt but that the allotment will be nearly met.
Great interest is being manifested in to-morrow's big event, and to-day crowds gathered at 530 Warren street getting instructions and doing valuable work. To-morrow the headquarters will be open at 6:45 o'clock in the morning. . . .
Hudson will be turned over to the Red Cross workers Wednesday, and there is very little possibility of one escaping "tag." So it is useless to go up or down back streets, or even down the alleys. However, all who so desire can leave any contributions for this great work at the headquarters, where receipts will be given.
The city to-morrow will be thoroughly covered by about 125 workers, all of whom will be attired in Red Cross uniforms. An attractive emblem will be sold to individuals, and a pretty Red Cross emblem for motor cars will also be on sale. Contributions must be at least 10 cents, and for the motor car emblems the price will be not less than 25 cents. . . .

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