On This Day In History: May 14

Well, this entire week, if you haven’t heard, is the 60th annual National Salvation Army Week! In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the US, declared a week in May “National Salvation Army Week” and made this proclamation:

“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.”