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Happy Loyalty Day?

It turns out that in addition to May Day, today is (was, since it is almost over) Loyalty Day. And what is Loyalty Day? It turns out to be an American reaction to the fact that many communist (& socialist) countries celebrate their Labor Day on May 1. So, in the 1920's, someone invented Americanization Day for Americans to celebrate on May 1, which soon morphed into Loyalty Day. Eventually in 1958, the congress made Loyalty Day an official holiday.

So what are you supposed to do on Loyalty Day? Well, reaffirmation your loyalty to the United States and recognize the heritage of American freedom, of course. That'll show the commies!

And why does Loyalty Day still exist now that the Cold War is over? Beats me, but President Clinton re-proclaimed Loyalty Day in 1993, and President Dubya did the same in 2007, so I guess we are still stuck with it for a while...

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the2wittybird
May. 2nd, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
wonderful bit of trivia...

the origins of May Day are right here in Chicago. The Haymarket riots. There is still a good bit of foreign pilgrimage (seriously!) to chicago to visit the site. And 9 out of 10 chicagoans barely remember anything about it from their history lessons and nothing about its relationship to May Day.
shadzane
May. 8th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
I was going to go into why Labor Day is on May Day in most of the world, but it seemed like too much of a digression, so thanks for bringing it up...
leia131
May. 2nd, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
We have a Loyalty Day parade every year in my hometown, but I never knew the history behind it.
shadzane
May. 14th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Cool! What town is this? One of the ones mentioned in the Wikipedia article?
leia131
May. 14th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I live in Rutland VT. I don't think they mentioned that in the article. :)
shadzane
May. 15th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Well, I've heard of Rutland's famous Halloween parade, but now I know about your Loyalty Day parade too! You guys love parades, huh?
leia131
May. 15th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Our Halloween parade is famous?
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