National Doughnut Day honors veterans

More Video...

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!

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210540531 -
Gray Television, Inc.