Friday, June 6, 2014

National doughnut day

When I first heard about National Doughnut Day, I thought for sure it was a marketing ploy dreamed up by the doughnut coalition or the Homer Simpson fan club, but it turns out that it's actually got historical significance.

The Salvation Army started the celebration in 1938 to honor groups of people who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. There were volunteers, called Doughnut Dollies, who worked out of Salvation Army huts and provided, among other things, baked goods to our armed forces. Wikipedia has a whole entry on the history. Who knew?

It would be highly appropriate, then, to give a serviceman or a vet a doughnut (or two) today — especially since it's the anniversary of World Ward II's D-Day as well.

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