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Loyalty Day

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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. Communisim was on the rise, and feared in America. At the time, May Day (May 1st) was percieved 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.
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  • PMAY0313
    2029 days ago
    I have sure been enjoying seeing what the days represent! Thanks for keeping me informed and on my toes.
    2217 days ago
    I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for sharing. I agree with one of the other comments though, our loyalty shouldn't be limited to one day.
    2217 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    There is a small town about 35 miles north of here that has a big celebration eery year for Loyalty Day!! A parade, big dinner and games at the VFW, lots of fun, remembering with vets,etc.. I love it! I dated a deputy that was in it every year,, he was also a veteran.. the whole town made speeches, kids made them too!! More places should do this..
    2217 days ago
  • GJCAB09
    This is an interesting, if somewhat troubling history lesson. Loyalty resides within the hearts of the citizenry, never within a government proclamation. I would think that anyone who wakes up each day proud and grateful to be an American has the loyalty part covered.
    2217 days ago
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