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On This Day In History: April 26

In 1905, the first immigrant ship chartered by The Salvation Army, the SS Vancouver, set sail from Liverpool, England for Canada with more than 1,000 newcomers on board. Over the next two years, The Salvation Army was able to bring 20,000 newcomers to Canada including farm boys The Salvation Army trained so they could find work farming when they arrived. Over time with the help of The Salvation Army, more than 250,000 immigrants came to make a new life in Canada.

Boy Farmers

On This Day In History: April 16

In 1906, The Salvation Army Year Book was issued. Today, The Salvation Army Year Book provides statistics, addresses, phone numbers and information relating to programs run by The Salvation Army worldwide! The 2013 Year Book contains: global reports and photos from the 126 countries in which the Army works, with up-to-date facts and figures on the Army’s international mission full-color photographs. You could buy a copy for yourself, and a few extra to give to those who would like to know more about the worldwide mission of The Salvation Army!

2013 Yearbook

On This Day In History: April 5

1953, in Washington, D.C., President Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated the ‘Presidential Prayer Breakfast.’ It was later changed to the “Annual National Prayer Breakfast.” As President one year later, he declared a week for The Salvation Army, known as “National Salvation Army Week,” which is now recognized every year in May.

President Eisenhower

On This Day In History: April 3

In the month of April in 1917, The Salvation Army began work in the Virgin Islands. Today, it is part of the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division in the USA Eastern Territory of The Salvation Army. This year they will celebrate their 96th anniversary of Doing The Most Good in the Virgin Islands!

The Salvation Army: United States Virgin Islands

On This Day In History: April 2

In 1989, The Salvation Army began work in El Salvador. El Salvador is part of the Latin America North Territory, where The Salvation Army has had a presence since 1904!

On This Day In History: March 27

In 1973, Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Godfather”. Before this nomination, Brando starred in the 1955 musical film “Guys and Dolls” as Sky Masterson. This is one of the most famous films to depict The Salvation Army and its officers. In the film, The Salvation Army is referred to as ‘Save a Soul Mission’ with Jean Simmons as Sgt. Sarah Brown, Brando’s love interest. Check out the costumes that so closely resemble The Salvation Army uniforms!

Guys and Dolls

On This Day In History: March 26

Kenny Chesney was born in 1968. Last year, Kenny Chesney kicked-off The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign with a live performance during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game! Happy Birthday Kenny Chesney, and thanks for Doing The Most Good!!

Kenny Chesney Kickoff

On This Day In History: March 25

In 2000, The Salvation Army began work in Macau, one of two administrative regions of China, located 60km west of Hong Kong. The Army has been actively serving people in Hong Kong for more than 80 years, since March of 1930. Doing The Most Good in China!

The Salvation Army Chinese Shield

On This Day In History: March 21

Alcatraz Prison

In 1963, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco closes down and transferred its last prisoners. Did you know that The Salvation Army has a prison ministry? To date, more than 90,000 Texas inmates have participated in The Salvation Army’s Correctional Services Bible Correspondence Course!

On This Day In History: March 20

In 1928, Fred Rogers, Presbyterian clergyman and host of public TV’s longest running children’s program: “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was born. In 2002, Mr. Rogers took part in the dedication of the first Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, in San Diego. The Salvation Army’s Don Bell made Mr. Rogers feel right at home by helping him slip into a custom navy zippered Salvation Army sweater. Click here to see more on Kroc Centers and dedication video.