Lincoln SATERN Amateur Radio Club using the callsign K0SAL will celebrate the 82nd anniversary of Donut Day with a special event station on 20 meters on 14.318 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT Friday, June 5.  Certificate and QSL via Charles Bennett, PO Box 67181, Lincoln, NE 68506  other details can be found on Page 80,of the June 2020 QST.

Salvation Army Donut Lassies WWIEach year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day. This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe. Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops. The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.” A more standard spelling is donut.

National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.   Donut Day is the symbol of the comfort that the Salvation Army provides to those in need through its many social programs.

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) is an all-volunteer organization. Their time and efforts go toward aiding The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and Salvation Army Partners locally, nationally and internationally.