The American Red Cross supports 9/11 Day by offering the community an opportunity to remember and honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of September 11. Nearly 3,000 flags—one for each victims of the terrorist attacks—will be placed by the Western New York Families of September 11th on the front lawn of the Clement Mansion as a tribute to those we lost in the tragedy. The families will be at the American Red Cross headquarters at 786 Delaware Avenue at 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 4 to set up the flag tribute.
“For us the flags represent the lives lost on September 11, 2001, 15 years ago. This is a time to reflect and remember them,” said Leigh Macadlo, a member of the Western New York Families of September 11th. Macadlo lost her twin brother, Leonard M. Castrianno, in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of One World Trade Center.
“This year, the 15th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 event, the American Red Cross is humbled and honored to host the flag display assembled by the Western New York Families of September 11th and their volunteers,” said American Red Cross Western New York Chapter Executive Director Chuck Marra. “It is a continued reminder to the Western New York community that ‘we will never forget’ this solemn anniversary.”
In addition, the American Red Cross and WKBW Eyewitness News 7 are teaming up in support of 9/11 Day by offering the community an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11. In observance of 9/11 Day, a special blood drive will be held at the Clement Mansion on Friday, September 9 from 12-6 p.m.
“September 11th was one of the darkest days in American history,” said Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager for the Buffalo District Vicki Smith. “Donating blood and giving the gift of life is a profound way to honor the victims we lost and the heroes who rose up to service on 9/11.”
The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 units of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at about 2,600 hospitals throughout the United States. In the New York-Penn Region, an estimated 1,000 units are needed for the 87 hospitals served.
Each year tens of millions of Americans and people around the world observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds that help people and communities in need.
9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Since then, the observance has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.