City of Edmonds recognizes Loyalty Day

By Fred Apgar | Apr 29, 2013
Junior Vice Commander of VFW Post #8870, Jim Blossey, responds to Mayor Earling (behind left) proclaiming May 1 as Loyalty Day.

Edmonds Mayor David Earling read a proclamation declaring May 1, 2013 as Loyalty Day in the City of Edmonds, at the April 23 city council meeting,

An official copy of the proclamation was presented to the Junior Vice Commander of VFW Post # 8870, Jim Blossey.

In his proclamation, Mayor Earling recognized Loyalty Day as an “opportunity to celebrate the many freedoms secured and preserved for us by brave patriots who have served in our nation’s armed forces and risked their lives for liberty and independence”.

He also urged the citizens of Edmonds to “take time to reflect on the privileges of freedom and liberty extended to us by the institutions of American Freedom”.  The residents of Edmonds were also encouraged to observe Loyalty Day in an appropriate manner.

The spirit of Loyalty Day actually began to form in an effort to counteract the Communist May Day celebrations that were occurring in America in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  It was the Veterans of Foreign Wars that sought to challenge what was considered to be a threat to our freedom.

At the urging of the VFW, many communities all across our great nation organized various activities to promote patriotism and Americanism.

Eventually resolutions were passed proclaiming May 1 as Loyalty Day, but it wouldn’t be until 1958 until those proclamations would become law.

Earlier in the evening, a similar proclamation was read at the Mill Creek City Council Chambers by Mayor Mike Todd.

VFW Post #8870 is grateful to the cities of Edmonds and Mill Creek for reminding its citizens about the importance of reaffirming our loyalty to the United States and the documents upon which our nation was founded by celebrating Loyalty Day on May 1.

 

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