The Salvation Army has long been tied to the United States military. Countless veterans have told stories of encoutering The Salvation Army on the battle front - usually through the ministry of our donut girls. Evangeline Booth, the national commander of The Salvation Army during World War I, was compelled to provide for the needs of American soldiers at home and those fighting overseas.
"American boys are going to France. We must go with them!" She said.
It has been said that the solider were impressed with the humility with which these individuals served. Rather than "hobnobbing" with the military officers, these salvationists trudged through the mud to be with the soliders. The donuts that were prepared and served were a simple reminder of home and a break from the trudgery of living in a war zone.
We continue to be thankful for the men and women of the military - those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Today, we pause. We reflect.
We are grateful.