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National Doughnut Day: Another D-Day with Patriotic Roots
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 12:59PM
Created on June 06, 2014 @ 8:46AM

As Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the first Friday in June is also acknowledged as National Doughnut Day. And the day actually has its roots in America's War history!

During World War I, about 250 Salvation Army officers went to Europe to comfort U.S. troops. They not only talked to soldiers and helped them write letters home, they also made and served doughnuts along the front line trenches. Salvation Army workers later reprised their roles serving up the sweet treat to soldiers during Word War II.

...female volunteers, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” fried the donuts in solders’ helmets, and served countless treats to grateful troops. The donut has since been a long-standing symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides.” said, Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.

Since The Salvation Army established the first National Doughnut Day in 1938, the day has become a national celebration of the sweet treat, and the people who served them to our soldiers in battle.


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