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On This Day In History: May 29

In 1837, Charles W. Fry was born. Fry was an English musician who, along with his three sons, formed the first Salvation Army Brass Band! Fry also authored the hymn
“Lily of the Valley:”

“He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.”

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On This Day In History: May 28

In 1935, The Salvation Army began work in Singapore. For 78 years, The Salvation Army in Singapore has and continues to live out “Heart to God, Hand to Man,” especially with their Peacehaven Nursing Home. Peacehaven is a 401-bed Nursing Home run by The Salvation Army aimed at providing “Professional Care in a Christian Environment.” The home has 13 separate Resident Living Areas (RLAs), designed as an individual home-like environment. Residents are provided with many services: Clinical Care, Therapy (physical, occupational, and recreational), Allied Health (a general practitioner, geriatrician, psycho-geriatrician, podiatrist, speech therapist, pharmacist and dietitian), Social Work, Security, Meals, Pastoral Care, and Laundry just to name a few!

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On This Day In History: May 20

In May of 1931, The Salvation Army began work in Uganda as part of the East Africa Territory. In September of 1977, the Army’s religious teachings were banned, as well as its ministry, including social work in 1978. Then in 1980, Majors Leonard and Dorthy Millar began working with persecuted Salvationists to re-establish The Salvation Army. They were successful! Uganda now stands as its own territory within The Salvation Army. Doing The Most Good in Uganda!

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On This Day In History: May 15

In 1935, Albert Einstein was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his outstanding fundamental contributions to theoretical physics, especially his relativity theory.

Check out the genius with The Salvation Army Band before the Rose Parade in 1931, just a few years before he was awarded the medal!

Albert Einstein with The Salvation Army Band before the Rose Parade in 1931

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.”

On This Day In History: May 13

In 1882, the former London Orphan Asylum was opened as The Salvation Army Clapton Congress Hall. After renovations, the massive hall could seat more than 4,500 people! The Salvation Army called it their “National Barracks” as the Army used its wings as training barracks for 300 male and female cadets with classrooms on the ground floor, workrooms below, and bedrooms above. The Clapton Congress Hall was used by The Salvation Army for 87 years until 1970 when a new citadel was built on Lower Clapton Road.

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On This Day In History: May 10

In 1941, The Salvation Army International Headquarters on Queen Victoria Street was destroyed in the London Blitz during WWII. The night raid on that evening was the most severe attack London had sustained. A photograph by police constables captured The Salvation Army IHQ facade falling to the ground. The Salvation Army IHQ has been at the same site since 1881, destroyed in 1941, rebuilt in 1963 and proudly remains there today at 101 Queen Victoria Street.

International Headquarters destroyed.

On This Day In History: May 9

In 1912, The Salvation Army’s Founder, William Booth, made his last public appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London. The 83 year old minister, in front of a crowd of 7,000, gave his farewell sermon closing with these words:
“While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight;
while little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight;
while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight—I’ll fight to the very end.”

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William Booth

William Booth Makes His Last Public Appearance: On This Day In History, May 9

William Booth Makes His Last Public Appearance

William Booth makes his last public appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1912. The 83 year old founder of The Salvation Army, in front of a crowd of 7,000, gave his farewell sermon closing with these words:
“While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight;
while little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight;
while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight—I’ll fight to the very end.”

William Booth makes his last public appearance

William Booth began The Salvation Army in July 1865. Preaching to a small congregation in the slums of London, his spirit was as militant as that of a professional soldier while battling an almost overwhelming army. Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. His congregation were desperately poor. He preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead them to Christ and link them to a church for continued spiritual guidance.

Read more about William Booth, The Salvation Army’s founder, here.

On This Day In History: May 7

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In 1880, The Salvation Army work commenced in Ireland. For 133 years, The Salvation Army has been a helping hand in Ireland, with programs like Lifehouse. Lifehouse is more than a hostel or shelter for the night, it helps people get their life back. Lifehouse offers accommodation for people in need of housing, and training to help improve the self-esteem, mental health and employment opportunities. Doing The Most Good, in Ireland! Find out more here.