When: Always on May 1st
Loyalty Day is an opportunity to express and reaffirm our loyalty to our country. In proclaiming this day, President George W. Bush wrote: "We express allegiance to our Nation and its founding ideals, we resolve to ensure that the blessings of liberty endure and extend for generations to come."
But, this day did not start with George Bush' proclamation. It dates back to the 1920's.
On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our Forefathers. We should also take a moment to appreciate the members of our armed forces who are displaying the ultimate in loyalty and service to protect our freedoms, and liberty, and our way of life.
Origin of Loyalty Day:
Loyalty Day was first celebrated in the 1920's. Communism was on the rise, and feared in America. At the time, May Day (May 1st) was perceived by some as a Communist holiday. In a sense, Loyalty Day was intended to counter this.
The U.S. Congress made ths an official holiday on July 18, 1958 with the signing of Public Law 85-529. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.
This Day in History May 1
The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. (1707)
The first cricket match is played in America. (1751)
American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. (1778)
England releases the first 1st adhesive postage stamp(1840)
The first wagon train 1841 1st wagon train leaves Independence, Mo for California (1841)
The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple. (1846)
American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans. (1862)
American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins. (1863)
"Buffalo Bill" Cody's first Wild West Show (1883)
Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States. (1884)
Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States. (1884)
The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business. (1885)
Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair. (1886)
Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C. (1894)
Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay – the United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war. (1898)
The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany. (1915)
The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris. (1927)
The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named. (1930)
The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. (1931)
The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public. (1956)
Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country. (1970)
Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service. (1971)
Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record. (1991)
2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended". (2003)
Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2. (2011)