National Doughnut Day honors veterans

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It's a day to celebrate an American classic; the doughnut and our veterans who had a hand in making America what it is today!

The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the "donut lassies" who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I.

The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, "doughboys."

For the 59th year, The Salvation Army is honoring America’s veterans with a treat that was created by Salvation Army volunteers on the front lines of World War I.

This year, The Knoxville Area Command and Krispy Kreme have teamed up to serve free doughnuts to the veterans residing at the Ben Atchley Tennessee Sate Veterans Home on Friday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Get your doughnut today at Dippin' Donuts on Kingston Pike! They're open until 11:00 p.m. serving the best local doughnuts around!

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