For more than 100 years, on Ascension Day each year the Swiss members of the Salvation Army celebrated a congress. On this occasion, badges, pins or ribbons were worn by the participants as a festival insignia. In the Salvation Army museum at Basel some of these can be found.
The German-speaking Salvationists met in Zurich, while those speaking French met in Lausanne.
The meetings were often led by international guests.
It is noticeable on this pin that the crest of the Salvation Army does not have an "S" and a cross, but instead a capital "H" with a cross. At this time in Switzerland, such a cross was often seen, however, it has since been changed. Nowadays, the crest of the Swiss Salvation Army also has an "S" with a cross. Likewise, it was common at that time that a Swiss Cross would be featured in the background.
Ascencion Day1936 with
General Evangeline Booth
On the back of this pin is written in German: "Ascencion Day at Zurich
7. Mai 1891 lead by the Marshal
Salvation Army - Switzerland for Jesus"
Many Generals have come to Switzerland for this special Swiss congress as it can be seen on the old photo of General Evangeline Booth and the short video with General Paul Rader.