The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado in Coal City, IllinoisGeneral Colin Powell Delivers Keynote Address at Anniversary Celebration

The Salvation Army celebrated its 150th worldwide anniversary with a civic luncheon on June 15 where former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) delivered the keynote address. More than 600 people listened intently as he praised the Army for its impact in Chicago and throughout the world, and encouraged those in attendance to do more to support the mission.

Before the luncheon, guests mingled at receptions that featured artifacts on loan from the Central Territory Historical Museum. Guests were even able to interact with General William Booth, an early century female officer and a Donut Lassie! A VIP reception featured a photo opportunity with Gen. Powell.

Gen. Powell shared how his own priorities mirror those services of The Salvation Army, from providing a safe place for children to helping individuals and families in crisis. “When I looked at the activities The Salvation Army does in Chicago and around the world, it’s astonishing,” he said. “The Army knows exactly what our young people need…they know what adults need…they need a safe place to learn and grow.”

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