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President Bush supercedes May Day by naming May 1st as "Loyalty Day"

That's right kids. You thought today was a day to march as a celebration of the proletariat? Nope. It's a day to honor our troops! You fools! Didn't you get the memo?
You thought today was a day to march as a celebration of the proletariat? Nope. It's a day to honor our troops! You fools! Didn't you get the memo?

According to Bush, this is "Loyalty Day". We must spend our day honoring our troops.

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/04/20030430-26.html

Portland's annual May Day march will proceed as planned. I guess no one told them.

More accurate site 01.May.2003 12:30

t

Here's your loyalty....

More accurate site
More accurate site

Seizing the moment 01.May.2003 12:31

me

Dubya is probably striking while the iron is hot.

Waiting three weeks for Memorial Day, which is already dedicated to troops, would be too long. He needs a day right now.

And, golly gee ... here's little old May Day that isn't really being used for anything. It's a nothing holiday, like Arbor Day or St Patrick's day, just lying around being wasted.

Why not preempt it?

don't forget to "pray" 01.May.2003 12:39

Me

Guess everyone also forgot that Jerry Falwell has declared today to be a national day of prayer.

My oh my 01.May.2003 12:41

balanced

Speechless.

Pres. Clinton also declared May 1 Loyalty Day 01.May.2003 12:55

May Day Loyalty Day Simple Search

Two pieces of info on the net about Loyalty Day:
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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

(Palo Alto, California)

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For Immediate Release May 1, 1998

LOYALTY DAY, 1998

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

More than two centuries ago, our Nation's founders, with clear vision and courageous hearts, fashioned a new form of government for our new country. They created a government that honors human dignity and protects individual rights -- a democracy strong enough to withstand external threats, secure enough to allow dissent from within, and responsive enough to help our citizens achieve their dreams. In doing so, America's founders created a Nation that inspired loyalty from its citizens and gave hope to oppressed peoples around the world.

Since then, generations of Americans have reaffirmed their loyalty and devotion to our country. During times of war, Americans have fought and died to defend our liberty and promote the ideals of democracy. In times of peace, we have strived to preserve the rights secured for us in the Constitution and to ensure that every American enjoys the full protection of those rights. And throughout the decades, Americans have strived to build upon the "more perfect Union" envisioned by our country's founders.

On Loyalty Day, as we formally acknowledge our faith in America and in this great democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to the continuing quest for a more perfect union. Let us have the courage not only to recognize our differences, but also to build on the dreams we share and on the values we hold in common. Let us reaffirm our belief in freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all of our people. And let us show to all the world that our diversity is a source of lasting strength and renewal.

The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day" to remind us of the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great land.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 1998, as Loyalty Day. I urge all Americans to recognize the heritage of American freedom, to honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed in defense of that freedom, and to express our loyalty to our Nation through appropriate patriotic programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also call upon Government officials to display the flag of the United States in support of this national observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-second.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON

 http://www.uhuh.com/laws/pc-loyalty.htm


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The Maypole celebration apart, the May Day is also important to all average Americans for yet another reason. The Loyalty Day! Americans today celebrate May Day as a Loyalty Day. The day of parades of veterans, drum and bugle corps, Boy Scouts, visits to national shrines and doing things in the honor of the patriots. Schools, churches, fraternal societies and different organizations come alive to sponsor these events. The motto is to instill the zeal to 'remain loyal to America'. Specially among the children and the youth. Indeed, it is a day, meant for making all of you in America feel proud of your country. The county to which you belong.

However, its origin is not rooted long ago. Though the exact beginning of the date of observance is not known, the concept stemmed in the early 1930s. The bid to celebrate May Day as Loyalty Day came in rather as a counteractive bid. A bid to counteract the May Day Communist exhibitions in the United States. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars thought that a challenge must be given to what they considered as the 'disruptive forces of the communism'. And they wanted that the loyalty of Americans to the American ideals must be asserted to prevent the growth of communism in America. So, in the early 1930s they began urging the institution of war veterans with organized parades and ceremonies. Other patriotic organizations joined in. And with the help of speaker's bureaus and an extensive letter-writing campaign, celebrations on the theme of loyalty to America took hold. This was aided by patriotic plays, oratory contests on national issues and tours to national shrines. These were sponsored by schools, churches, labor unions, fraternal societies and other groups.

While the concept came into being quite early in the '30s giving rise to various functions, it took until 1949 to proclaim the observance of Loyalty Day. And this was when forty nine states and territorial governors joined in. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Karl Mundt of North Dakota and Representative James E. Van Zandt of Pennsylvania. In May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made it a day of national observance.

In 1932 some patriotic organizations were encouraged by the Loyalty Day concept and wanted to do something more to inspire loyalty to the nation. So, the concept of Americanism Day came into being to be celebrated on the same day of the Loyalty Day. The first Americanism parade was held in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1932. The day has since merged with Loyalty Day.

 http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/loyalty_day.htm

No shit? 01.May.2003 13:07

Trivial Pursuitist

Hanging around IndyMedia is really educational. I never knew all this about May/Loyalty Day.

They are trying to steal May Day 01.May.2003 14:12

Its sickening

Sorry about post with no explanation. Got too busy. It is really sick how all the "people's holidays" try to get taken over by corporate/"patriotic" interests. It is actually scary. It scared me so much, I wanted to find out more about how they are taking over, or trying to. I think its good to know what the powerful are always trying to do to take away the power of those that really do have the power. It also points out that they are uncreative drones that cannot come up with anything good themselves, so they suck off the life of what is already good. We should take back May Day, not let it get ripped off. Its really sick that a day of celebration of spring, a workers day of celebration, and basically a really great day for people who want to celebrate life has been taken over by flag waving creeps. They have a bunch of holidays, so why do they need ours???

Loyalty Day Shock Syndrome 01.May.2003 23:11

I have shock syndrome

Legally changing May Day to Loyalty Day, is one of the most disgusting revelations that I have heard. I and others at work had no idea this had been done legally...If I heard it mentioned in the last two years, I quess I turned a deaf ear towards it, or thought it was Bush' B.S. or symbolic reference to his own personal feelings. If you dont pay attention, this is what happens. Loyalty Day is completely contradictory to the whole meaning of national workers day, it is a slap in the face to all workers. I want to puke right now, hand me the bag....

puke 02.May.2003 02:41

Bill

Get your face out of that bag and pay some attention to what you have written.

You are allowing them to take away without a stuggle.

The slap in the face to all workers is not them taking the day.

It is you, and the three hundred million other yous, giving it to them.

No doubt with cap in hand, eyes averted, murmuring "Yes, Massa."

sometimes you must understand 03.May.2003 08:35

Sheepdog

They don't know where the gap in the pasture fence is and there
is no barn or feeding troth out there.o