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THE SALVATION ARMY MARCHES IN CONNECTICUT VETERANS PARADE

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Released 5 November 2012

THE SALVATION ARMY MARCHES IN CONNECTICUT VETERANS PARADE

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HARTFORD – When Veterans Day Parade participants gathered in the starting area on Capitol Avenue, they came upon a familiar sight. The Salvation Army’s Greater Hartford Area Services’ Emergency Disaster Services canteen (also known as a mobile kitchen), was parked in the staging area, doing what The Salvation Army has a long history of doing – giving out food. There were donuts, coffee, water, and Gatorade, as well as snacks too. However, the most-sought-after delicacy . . . was a "TSA Hot Dog," with the first request starting even before 10:00 A.M.! Over 1,000 participants were served before the parade kicked off at 12:30. Special thanks goes to our military veterans and The Salvation Army’s Officers that took a brief break from providing post-Hurricane Sandy assistance to honor veterans by participating in the parade. North End Corps Commanding Officer Captain Brian Thomas drove the truck and Majors Steve and Valerie Lopes carried The Salvation Army banner along the parade route.

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The Salvation Army has been serving soldiers and veterans since World War I. For example, in 1917, after 36 days of steady rain, Ensigns Helen Purviance and Adjutant Margaret Sheldon decided that the boys needed some real home cooking, "but supplies had run out and were difficult to buy locally." The only things they could purchase were flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk. "What about pancakes?" No good cold, or without syrup." The first doughnuts were patted out by hand. A small wood fire was coaxed in a low, pot-bellied stove. A frying pan was used and the first doughnuts were fried "seven at a time." The tempting fragrance of frying doughnuts drew the homesick solders to the hut, and they lined up in the rain, waiting for a taste. The word went around. “If you’re hungry and broke, you can get something to eat at The Salvation Army."

And so... the tradition continues! Happy Veterans day to all our military, past and present. The Salvation Army says "thank you!"

 

 

 

 


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