What do D-Day and National Donut Day have in common? Honoring bravery and courage

The first Friday in June is America’s sweetest holiday — National Donut Day.

The Salvation Army is the inspiration behind its founding and why it’s celebrated today. In 1917, volunteers from The Salvation Army, known as the Donut Lassies, traveled to France during WWI to bring critical supplies, spiritual and emotional support and fry and serve donuts to the soldiers on the front lines. The donuts were a symbol of hope during a dark time and offered a sense of comfort to homesick soldiers.


This year’s holiday falls on June 7, just one day after the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops stormed Normandy beach — the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime. Much like it did in 1917, The Salvation Army provided comfort and care to U.S. troops just days later as they fought their way into Nazi Germany.

The Salvation Army still serves on the front lines today in the fight against poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, addiction, and other issues impacting vulnerable individuals and families living in the United States.