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Community invited to Doughnut Girl tribute

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018

The United States World War One Centennial Commission, the State of Indiana and The Salvation Army will honor Helen Purviance, Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Huntington County’s Purviance will be celebrated as “the Doughnut Girl” for her service to soldiers during World War I at the Huntington County Courthouse.

The community is invited to attend the celebration for Purviance who achieved fame for her simple act of compassion making doughnuts for American soldiers. Born February 16, 1889 in Huntington, Purviance began the tradition of serving doughnuts to soldiers in 1917. She entered the Salvation Army’s officer training college, a seminary, in New York City, and was ordained and commissioned as a Salvation Army officer, a minister, with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Purviance died February 26, 1984. She is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

The ceremony on April 14 will include a dual proclamation from the city and county, VFW Post 2689 will post and retrieve the colors and Angie Garcia will sing the National Anthem. A memorial service will include two ceremonial wreaths.

World War I artifacts and a World War I tent depicting a soldier’s tent of the era will be on display in the Courthouse rotunda. A World War I canteen where food and beverages were served will be featured, and donuts using Helen Purviance’s original recipe, will be prepared by the local Salvation Army and served by volunteers from Huntington University.