May 1 is Loyalty Day in OsakisStop by First National Bank of Osakis for brochure, sticker
Loyalty Day is an annual holiday celebrated on May 1. It’s a legal holiday in the U.S., but one that gets little attention.
At a local level, the Osakis VFW is making an effort to bring light to the national holiday.
Loyalty Day is 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.
The local VFW post worked with Osakis Mayor Kip Emerson to generate a Loyalty Day Mayoral Proclamation, making May 1 “Loyalty Day” in Osakis.
On Tuesday, May 1, the community is invited to stop by First National Bank of Osakis to pick up Loyalty Day brochures and American flag stickers. The Osakis VFW joined together with the bank to create the display.
Loyalty Day originally began as “Americanization Day” in 1921 as a counter to the Communists’ celebration of the Russian Revolution.
On May 1, 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism.
In 1950, more than 5 million people across the nation reportedly rallied on Loyalty Day.
In 1958, Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on the nation’s calendar. Although it’s a legal holiday, it’s not a federal holiday.