Spirit of ‘45 – August Second Saturday

On August 10th, the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) and the Rappahannock Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, will celebrate Spirit of ’45 Day by hosting a WWII-themed blood drive along with family activities in historic Market Square. Spirit of ’45 Day is a commemorative day that honors the legacy and service of the men and women of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ and coincides with President Truman’s announcement of the end of WWII (August 14, 1945). This special Second Saturday program and blood drive will commemorate the American Red Cross and the contributions of the Fredericksburg community toward the war effort.

During the blood drive, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in special art and educational activities. Families will learn about the science of blood donation and will make their own Red Cross hat and/or armband inspired by 1940’s U.S. military uniforms.

FAM’s Second Saturday program is a free, regularly scheduled family program that includes hands-on activities, and an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits. Along with these activities, admission to FAM will be free and open to the public all day.

To make a donation appointment or to learn more about donor eligibility, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org  and use sponsor code SpiritOf45 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help expedite the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. in most states, individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. For more information on this event, or for additional FAM programming information, please contact Theresa Cramer at 540-371-3037 x 138.