Posted on May 12, 2015
It’s National Salvation Army Week!
Evangeline Booth, one of the early commanders in The Salvation Army, visits The Hawaiian Islands in 1921.
Today, we kick off our 62nd annual National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for 135 years and 121 years in the Hawaiian Islands.
This week is typically observed in the second week of May and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S.
In his speech, President Eisenhower noted,
“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”
We’re thankful for this opportunity to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and talents to The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division each year and help us “Do The Most Good” for those in need!
Mahalo to all of our amazing supporters!