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A sweet fried salute to our military on Doughnut Day

Giphy (4)Happy National Doughnut Day!

If you live near a military facility, consider dropping a box of the sweet fried treats off there for the enlisted men and women. Or take some to your local veterans' meeting hall.

This isn't, a la some politicians who will remain nameless (but linked to!), a blog version of pandering to patriotism.

Doughnuts actually are inextricably linked to our armed services.

Last year, National Doughnut Day fell on June 6, D-Day.

As I noted in my post then, Salvation Army officers who went to Europe during World War I to comfort U.S. troops did so in part by bringing the doughboys freshly-made doughnuts.

General Mark Clark enjoys a warm Red Cross doughnut during  a break along the WWII Italian Front in 1944_Records of the Office of War InformationEnjoying doughnuts during a combat lull on the Italian front, 1994. Photo/GIF courtesy The National Archives

The Salvation Army reprised its doughnut serving duties during World War II.

Doughnuts at home: National Doughnut Day within the United States today is more commercially skewed. Many popular doughnut, or donut, chains nationwide are offering a free fried dough treat, usually if you buy a beverage, too.

I know most of you probably had your pastry this morning, but if a lunch or coffee break piece of pastry appeals to you, USA Today has details on free doughnut deals at Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme and other doughnut shops across the country. Other places to get free doughnuts today also can be found in Money's list.

Enjoy. And consider sharing the day with military personnel by making your own literal doughnation or a donation to nonprofits that support our men and women in uniform.

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