American Museum Celebrates National Donut Day

American GIs have been helping to hand out donuts and celebrate an important date in the US military’s calendar.
The American Museum has been marking National Donut Day, which commemorates the volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during the two world wars.

National Donut Day started in 1938 as a fundraiser in Chicago for the Salvation Army to help the needy during the Great Depression and to honor the Salvation Army ‘lassies’ who had served donuts during the war.

Head of learning and events at the American Museum, Zoe Dennington, said: “We have been celebrating an event that was set up to honour the lassies who served refreshments to American troops.

“We have an re-enactment group and American army personnel in period costume distributing donuts to the public and troops and sharing with visitors about the history of the event.”

Jacinta and Michael Mills from Westbury are members of the American Museum and supported the day.

Mrs Mills said: “We thought it was a bit different and it’s a great day for it.”

Sally Garner from Combe Down, who had her photograph taken with the GIs in costume, said: “I couldn’t resist coming when I heard it was donut day. The gardens up here are lovely so it’s nice there is something going on to come here for.”

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