Today, we celebrate George Washington’s birthday to honor the first President of the United States. Many states have renamed it Presidents Day, but the legal name of the federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.
According to Rhonda Preller, a senior vice president of VFW Auxiliary Grant County Post 3486, members of the auxiliary prepared for the holiday by donating 26 pies to senior living centers in the area. Wellshire Park Place, Avantara-Milbank, Wilmot Care Center, Valley View Home Care, and St. Williams Care Center received pies. Over 170 residents enjoyed a slice of cherry goodness today.
Judy Frerichs, hospital committee chair of VFW Auxiliary Post 3468, delivered the pies. She said she has been making the deliveries for the last four years, but the tradition of donating the pies has been ongoing for many years.
Although the story of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree has long been retired as a myth, Washington is believed to have been very fond of cherries. In Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery you can find the recipe for cherry bread and butter pudding said to be Martha’s favorite. In her diary, you’ll discover a recipe for cherry bounce — a homemade cherry liqueur — favored by George.
VFW Auxiliary Post 3468 also donated carnations to 23 veterans and nine spouses of veterans to local care centers on Valentine’s Day.