Donate blood to honor Memorial Day heroes

May 5, 2014



Begin your summer by saving lives


Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season and sun-filled, carefree days ahead.  The true meaning of the holiday is to honor members of the United States Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending our country’s freedoms.  We can honor these brave service men and women by making and keeping an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross.

 “Your blood donation at this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said James D. Flickema, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region  of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll also help maintain a strong blood supply at a time of year when blood donations traditionally decline.”

 Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. While that need is constant, the number of people donating blood can fluctuate, particularly over the summer. Someone seriously injured in an automobile accident, for instance, may need up to 40 units of blood for their emergency care. It’s the blood already on the shelf that saves lives, so it’s very important that donors give blood throughout the year.

 “We hope citizens recognize the ongoing need and will mark the Memorial Day holiday by donating blood,” said Flickema. “Your donation will honor those who sacrificed for our country, as well as help ensure a stable blood supply for those in need.”