Most people know that May brings with it two of the biggest holidays of spring: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. However, if you’re looking for a celebration in May, you don’t have to wait very long after the month begins because May 1st is a holiday, too.
May 1 is known as Loyalty Day in the U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared May 1 Loyalty Day in the fall of 1958, amid the Cold War and the Red Scare, and it effectively replaced May Day in the country. Every president since then has issued a presidential proclamation for Loyalty Day on May 1 to “reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America and pay tribute to the heritage of American freedom,” according to President Barack H. Obama’s Loyalty Day proclamation.
Sun was shining brightly, just the gentlest of breezes blowing by the way and a good day for a gathering! A very nice crowd gathered for a Loyalty Day observance Friday, May 1st at the VFW Hall. Everyone was greeted at the door with a bouquet of Poppies and a welcoming smile. Musical entertainment was provided by the 6th Grade class from Anamoose-Drake Elementary school, led by Mrs. Holler.
Judy Buchholz Frueh, of Martin, author of “Laughing Solo” and “To Be a Hannah” also gave an inspiring presentation, followed by Bingo games and a lovely lunch. Everyone that was lucky at Bingo took home a beautiful plant.
It was a good day to be an American in a small community on the plains in central North Dakota USA.