Loyalty Day, for the VFW 8th District, is a time of celebration and comraderie, tesitmonials and banquets, and of course, nominations and election of officers. And this year, at the Carlton VFW Post 2962, we did just that. There was commaraderie with fellow Veterans and Auxiliary members throughout the whole weekend, both in meetings and in between. The testimonial dinner brought in a large crowd to pay honor to our outgoing Commander and Auxiliary President. Some speeches were given and gifts were exchanged.
Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
Loyalty Day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in several U.S. communities, although many people in the United States remain unaware of it. Although a legal holiday, it is not a federal holiday, and is not commonly observed.
The holiday was first observed in 1921 and was originally called "Americanization Day.
It was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress on July 18, 1958 (Public Law 85-529). Following the passage of this law, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959, the first official observance of Loyalty Day. With the exception of Eisenhower in 1959 and 1960, Loyalty Day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year by every president since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.