Saturday, October 5, 2013

Swiss National Day celebration

In 1909, a small group of patriotic and charitably minded personalities led by the St. Gallen businessman Albert Schuster initiated the "Swiss National Day Donation". Its guiding idea was to mark the Swiss National Day with a collective act by the population. An annual collection was intended to increase solidarity in the country. The noble aim of the initiators was supported by the Federal Council from the very beginning.
With the aid of the Post Office, a valuable fund-raising instrument was introduced in 1910, namely the National Day postcards and, from 1938, the National Day stamps (known as Pro Patria stamps since 1952). The charitable surcharge (carriage surcharge) on these specially created miniature works of art was earmarked for social and cultural works. Maria gave me this FDC. The stamp (50+10) on the cover is part of the 5 stamp Pro Patria stamp set issued by Switzerland in 1963.
The Swiss Red Cross is the national Red Cross society for Switzerland. It was founded in 1866 in Bern, Switzerland. In accordance with the Geneva Red Cross Agreement and its recognition through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, it is a member of theInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The SRC is Switzerland's oldest and largest relief agency, made up of 24 cantonal leagues, five rescue organizations, three foundations and two societies.
Anna Heer (March 2,1863 in Olten  December 9, 1918 in Zurich ) was a Swiss physician , founder of the Swiss school for nurses and women's hospital in Zurich, co-founder of the Swiss Federal Nursing and its first President. In 1963 special "Pro Patria" stamp in memory of Anna was issued.

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