President Roosevelt Endorses Salvation Army Drive
Excerpt from the Special Heritage Issue of the War Cry
APRIL 18, 1933 WC
Plans for the opening of The Salvation Army United Appeal on Monday, April 3rd in the Seventh Regiment Armory, at which George H. Dern, Secretary of War, will make his first public appearance in New York, were announced by James G. Blaine, President of the Marine Midland Trust Company and executive chairman of the United Appeal.
Referring to Secretary Dern’s participation in the campaign, Mr. Blaine pointed out that it had the approval of President Roosevelt and “is notable evidence of the high regard which national leaders have for the Organization and its activities.”
“Because the present national emergency has been defined by the President as a situation akin to an invasion by a foreign foe,” declared Mr. Blaine, “it seemed altogether appropriate that military forces, led by the Secretary of War, should help The Salvation Army demonstrate the importance of united action against the hostile forces of hunger, want and privation now threatening so many of our citizens.”
Secretary Dern will be the principal speaker at the exercises which will open the campaign for $1,110,000 to be used in continuing emergency relief and institutional aid activities of The Salvation Army in New York.
Following a military dinner, which will be served from field kitchens of the Sixteenth Infantry (United States Army), selections will be sung by Miss Laerezia Borl of the Metropolitan Opera Company and an address will be delivered by Evangeline Booth, Commander-in-Chief of the Organization in the United States.
The sponsoring committee for the meeting is composed of prominent leaders in various fields of activity throughout the city under the chairmanship of Frank E. Gernon, assisted by John S. Rogers, Jr. as vice chairman of the New York Times.
Each year, the print edition of the War Cry features a Heritage
Issue, which draws on primary sources to show by decade how The
Salvation Army addressed the needs and concerns of the day. This year’s
special edition (the July WC), covers the decade of the 1930s,
replicating pages from the War Cry of that era to trace the
Army’s response to the Great Depression, how it worked with political and civic leaders to strengthen American society and its expanding ministry around the world. May this special issue
remind us that we stand on the shoulders of giants, surrounded by a cloud of witnesses in this great salvation war.
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Source for the Heritage edition: Salvation Army National Archives and Research Department.