Major Diana Amick with the Salvation Army of Lee County is this week’s guest on Emphasis. She and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the organization’s 125th anniversary in Keokuk and the challenges it faces today.
Amick says the organization reached the United States in 1880. She says by 1887, the Salvation Army was established in 600 cities, including Keokuk.
“I heard Keokuk referred to as the Gateway to the West,” says Amick of her research in preparation for the 125th Anniversary. “I am sure that is why the Salvation Army came this direction.”