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Loyalty Day is observed annually on May 1st. In the United States, National Loyalty Day is a special holiday meant for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America, and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom. Loyalty Day was made an official reoccurring holiday on July 18th, 1958, although it was first recognized on May 1st, 1955. Loyalty Day has been honored with an official proclamation every year, by every president, since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.
Loyalty Day kicks off National Military Appreciation Month each year
Since 1958, each presidential proclamation has been vastly different, reflecting each president’s own definition of loyalty, and with a unique emphasis in relation to the threats of the era. In his first Loyalty Day proclamation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was quoted as saying that “the prime requisite for retaining our freedom is unswerving devotion to the liberties embodied in our Constitution.”
“On Loyalty Day, we recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles upon which our Nation is built. We pledge our dedication to the United States of America and honor its unique heritage, reminding ourselves that we are one Nation, under God, made possible by those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty. We honor our Republic and acknowledge the great responsibility that self-governance demands of each of us.”
– Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
How to Observe this Holiday?
One of the best and easiest ways to show your support of the holiday is to simply visit a military museum and/or volunteer. As Americans, it is our job to preserve our nation’s heritage for the education of all future generations. Museums are the institutes in the front line of historical reservations. With many large museums acquiring the nation’s attention, small local museums are often overlooked and forgotten yet they hold more national treasures and public resources. With many of them dying off due to lack of public support and funding, the small museums, including the Museum of Military History needs your help to continues it mission to education the public at the cost of freedom and how it is paid through the sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces. By visiting a local museum or volunteer your time at one, you are not only showing your loyalty to our country but you are aiding the the preservation of our nation’s heritage.
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