TAYLOR COUNTY—Every May, Taylor County Residents come together to honor and support veterans near and far, and to start the patriotic month off, individuals are urged to celebrate Loyalty Day.
To help spread awareness of the national holiday, and instill in the public a sense of pride for their country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 and their Auxiliary will host their annual Loyalty Day celebration on Sunday, May 1, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
“We would love for the public to come out and celebrate being an American, and all that that entails, with us,” said Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson. “Everyone is welcome to attend.”
Loyalty Day was started in 1921, to counter the Communists’ celebration of the Russian Revolution. According to 36 U.S. Code § 115 it is a day for “the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”
Originally called Americanization Day, the goal of the day was to bring citizens from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures together, to honor their freedoms and show their loyalty to the United States.
Another main goal of the holiday is to instill a sense of pride for being an American, according to Thompson.
The VFW was instrumental in the creation of the holiday, and observances began in 1950 on April 28. However, it was not until May 1 that the movement reached its peak.
On May 1, 1930, 10,000 members rallied in New York, and by 1950, that number had grown into a 5-million-person rally.
Through a resolution adopted in 1949, May 1 evolved into Loyalty Day, and an April 27, 1955, the name was officially changed.
Then, on July 18, 1958, through Congress’ enactment of Public Law 529, Loyalty Day was proclaimed as a permanent fixture on the calendar as a nationally recognized holiday.
The importance of honoring not only those who have served, but those who set a daily example for fellow citizens to follow, including law enforcement officers, first responders and teachers is emphasized on Loyalty Day.
During observance of the holiday, individuals, schools, churches, organizations and businesses are urged to proudly display the American flag and participate in public patriotic Loyalty Day activities co-sponsored by the VFW and the Auxiliary.
“Loyalty Day is for everyone, not just those who have served. It is a day that individuals can come together to celebrate the freedoms that they enjoy, thanks to the service and sacrifice of brave Americans who pursued and continue to fight for a better life for us all,” imparted Thompson. “Please consider coming out to join us in our celebration this year.”