Blood Donations Carry Special Meaning for Memorial Day

May 20, 2013

While Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.  Making a blood donation through the American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend the nation.

 O.T. Blankenship donates blood in memory of his 22-year-old nephew, Sgt. Jonathan K. Peney, U.S. Army Ranger, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. “Americans have so much to be thankful for. It’s time we give something back,” said Blankenship.  “[My nephew] made the ultimate sacrifice.  A pint of blood is nothing for me, more people should donate.”

To help ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need this Memorial Day, the American Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to attend the annual Holiday Hero Memorial blood drive.  All presenting donors will be treated to Stoker’s Broaster Chicken and Graeter’s Pint for a Pint ice cream. 

Holiday Hero Memorial Blood Drive

Tuesday, May 28, 2012

Noon to 7 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

830 Phillips Lane

Louisville, KY 40209

“Your blood donation this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region.  “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll honor those who dedicate their lives to others, and you’ll give the gift of life to help those in need.”


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at