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Am Samoa to celebrate the long history of service provided by the Red Cross

Gov Lemanu speaking about Red Cross Centennial Day

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG will celebrate the American Samoa Red Cross Centennial Day on April 17, 2023, which is also Flag Day, to acknowledge the long history of dedicated and compassionate service to the residents of the territory and support their humanitarian mission.

A proclamation issued by Governor Lemanu P. S. Mauga says that Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross more than 140 years ago to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

 “And on February 16, 1923, the American Samoa Red Cross became a chartered unit of the American Red Cross, delivering Red Cross services consistent and compliant with the National organization.”

He says over the years, under the Hawaii State Chapter, San Diego Chapter or now under the Pacific Islands Region, the American Samoa Red Cross provides critical Red Cross services to the local community such as disaster response, disaster preparedness, and Services to the Armed Forces.

“The American Samoa Red Cross has played a pivotal and significant role in rendering aid to our people who suffered the aftermath of major natural disasters such as Cyclone Tusi in 1987, Cyclone Val in 1991, Cyclone Heta in 2004, Cyclone Olaf in 2005, the Flood in February of 2006, and the September 2009 Tsunami.

 “On September 15, 2014, Governor Lolo M. Moliga affirmed the American Samoa Government’s commitment to partner with the American Samoa Red Cross in the construction of a one-story Administrative Building to house Red Cross activities which was completed in 2017.”

The Red Cross commitment to disaster preparedness efforts such as free smoke alarm installations in villages, pillowcase presentations to schools, and Hands Only CPR training to the public is building resilient communities; and military service members abroad and local families reach out to the American Samoa Red Cross for emergency communications and support with local verification.

 “And for 100 Years, the American Red Cross of American Samoa has faithfully achieved its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

Lemanu said in consideration of selfless services rendered by the American Samoa Red Cross for 100 Years, along with the territory’s unfathomable sense of gratitude to all who aided in the achievements of this humanitarian organization, he makes the proclamation.

 “I hereby proclaim that on April 17, 2023, American Samoa's Flag Day, to be celebrated and observed as the American Samoa Red Cross Centennial Day. Let us all acknowledge the long history of dedicated and compassionate services to the residents of the Territory of American Samoa and support their humanitarian mission.”