By Talbert Toole
June 7 signals National Doughnut Day all across the country. Although it is an exciting time to look for free sugary treats throughout Oxford, the day represents a much more significant piece of history—the women of The Salvation Army who supported the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
According to Newsweek, Lora Vogt, National WWI Museum and Memorial Curator of Education, Kansas City, said the ladies’ primary mission during the war was to help ease the hardship of U.S. soldiers serving on the frontlines.
Vogt told Newsweek that these women would fry doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets, up to seven per batch in the beginning.
While serving across seas, miles from France, the women initially provided the activities the Salvation Army organization did back in the U.S.; however, it was two women who decided to create the sugary treats to remind the men of home, according to Smithosian.com.
Margaret Sheldon and Helen Purviance led the initiative by collecting excess rations for the dough and shell casings and wine bottles for makeshift rolling pins.
In honor of the day, select doughnut factories across the country are providing customers a free glazed treat. Locally, Shipley Do-Nuts—located on South Lamar Blvd—is offering each customer a free glazed doughnut with any purchase.
Stop by today and snag a delicious, doughy treat as the nation remembers the women and men who fought in World War 1.