Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Gov. Ritter has proclaimed March as American Red Cross Month. This proclamation recognizes the humanitarian organization that brings together well-trained, dedicated volunteers and staff to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies and natural disasters.
"In Colorado, the Red Cross provides complementary essential services from food and shelter, to first aid training, to helping our sick and elderly, to connecting loved ones serving overseas," said Gov. Ritter.  "The American Red Cross is a cornerstone of our country and an example of the American people's willingness to provide a helping hand to those in need."   
Gov. Ritter and Lt. Gov. O'Brien will wear an American Red Cross pin in March to raise awareness of this organization and its accomplishments. During the month, the Red Cross has several events planned to recognize the volunteers and the services that are provided by the organization. Contact the Colorado American Red Cross to learn more about the events. 
Here is Gov. Ritter's proclamation:
March 2009
WHEREAS, the American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that brings together well-trained and dedicated volunteers with paid staff to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies; and
WHEREAS, in Colorado, the Red Cross has trained tens of thousands of citizens with skills in first aid, CPR, water safety, and other life-saving techniques; and
WHEREAS, Red Cross volunteers devote countless hours each year to transport needy individuals to medical appointments; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross helps military families deliver messages to their loved ones serving our nation in foreign countries; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross has been instrumental in assisting victims of disasters around the world, including fires, floods, earthquakes, wars, and hurricanes; and
WHEREAS, under the leadership of the Red Cross, thousands of volunteers stand ready to assist those displaced by disaster, wherever and whenever it may strike;
Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim March 2009 "AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH" in the State of Colorado.
GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this tenth day of December, 2008.
Bill Ritter, Jr.