Women of America Proudly Carry Their Holy Cross, and Join Their Italian Sisters in Strengthening the Common Pious Action on the Battlefield


This print shows a parade of American Red Cross nurses marching down an avenue flanked by jubilant crowds. Flags of the Red Cross, the United States, the Kingdom of Italy, the United Kingdom, and the French Republic hang from buildings and lampposts and are waved by the spectators. During World War I, the American Red Cross organized a commission that created a storage facility in Rome provided with large amounts of hospital supplies and fully equipped ambulances, along with blankets and sanitary supplies. The commission also gave funds to purchase clothes for refugees. It delivered 1 million lire to the Roman committee of civil organization in order to help the families of soldiers killed in the war as well as refugees. In the aftermath of the war, a permanent commission of the American Red Cross arrived in Italy in November 1918. Over the course of the next few months it extended its service throughout the country, from the Alps to Sicily.

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Le donne dell'America portano fiere la loro croce santa, e si uniscono alle sorelle d'Italia per intensificare sul campo di battaglia la comune opera pietosa

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1 print : chromolithograph ; 18 x 25 centimeters


  1. “Work Elsewhere Overseas: General,” in The Work of the American Red Cross During the War (Washington, D.C.: American Red Cross, 1919). http://www.vlib.us/medical/ARC/ARC5.htm.

Last updated: April 13, 2016