Released 5 November 2012
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THE SALVATION ARMY MARCHES IN
CONNECTICUT VETERANS PARADE
(The Salvation Army’s Major Steve Lopes, Southern New
England Divisional Secretary, comparing uniforms with members of "the other
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.
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!"