MERIDIAN---Aug. 6 is National Root Beer Float Day and A&W restaurants nationwide will offer free root beer floats that day to commemorate the occasion.
As part of the celebration, donations will be collected in support of the national Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting military service members as they heal from the effects of battle.
Bud Power, operator of the Meridian A&W Restaurant, said National Root Beer Float Day is an excellent opportunity to welcome home our nation’s bravest.
“We are honored to be a part of this national event that A&W sponsors in support of various charities every year," Power said. "I believe the Wounded Warrior Project is a very worthy cause, and we want to put something back into the community of people who are our customers … something that helps them. We feel the Wounded Warrior Project is just that. That’s why its important to us.”
The Meridian A&W restaurant, located at 1601 S. Frontage Road next to the Red Hot sign, will offer on Aug. 6, a free small root beer float to patrons from 2 p.m. until closing.
And while donations to the Wounded Warrior Project are not required, they are encouraged, Power said.
Did You Know?
A root beer float, originally known as a “Black Cow,” is made up of root beer and vanilla ice cream. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colo., is given credit for inventing the “Black Cow” in August of 1893.
Legend has it, Wisner, who owned the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company and ran a bar on the side, was staring out the window one night when he noticed the full moon shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain. It reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hurrying back to his bar, Wisner added a scoop to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red root beer. He served it the very next day, and it was an immediate hit.
Wisner named his new creation “Black Cow Mountain,” but the locals eventually shortened it to just “Black Cow.”
To learn more about National Root Beer Float Day, visit rootbeerfloatday.com
Who does the Wounded Warrior Project help?
According to their website, the Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 in Roanoke, Va., by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women of this generation.
Their purpose was to:
• Raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
• Help injured service members aid and assist each other.
• Provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Today, WWP provides 19 critical programs and services to assist returning servicemen and women faced with life-changing injuries.