National Loyalty Day
About National Loyalty Day
When is National Loyalty Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 1
National 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.” This May 1 holiday is a good time for ous to affirm our allegiance and fidelity to our country.
But, this day did not start with George Bush’s proclamation. It dates back to the 1920s.
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, liberty, and our way of life.
While this day speaks to loyalty to our nation, we can use this day to express our loyalty to other people, organizations, and causes.
Who is the most loyal? Your dog.
How to Celebrate National Loyalty Day
Here are some ways to celebrate and participate in National Loyalty Day:
- First and foremost, be true to yourself.
- Affirm your loyalty to your country.
- Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Express your loyalty to your spouse, your lover, that special someone, and to your family.
- Fly the flag.
“Loyalty to the nation all of the time. Loyalty to he government when it deserves it.”- – Mark Twain
Bonus Quote: “This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – – Polonius
History and Origin of National Loyalty Day
Loyalty Day was first celebrated in the 1920s. 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 this an official holiday on July 18, 1958, with the signing of Public Law 85-529. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, proclaimed May 1, 195,9 the first official observance of National Loyalty Day.
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