Loyalty Day

- 4/9/2022

The United States heritage of freedom is the focus of Loyalty Day celebrations April 30 in Denmark, WI. Events, hosted by the village and Veterans of Foreigh Wars Post 6705, will include a parade led by Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Ammerman, U.S. Army, ret., of De Pere. A presentation will be held at 1:30 p.m. with remarks by Mary M. Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs; and 1st District State Sen. Andre Jacque. Loyalty Day dates to the 1920 when Americans established ceremonies to counteract the "Red Scare,” which focused on the May Day celebrations held by Communist countries and organizations. The date was tied to the 1886 Haymarket riots in Chicago where a peaceful rally for an 8-hour work day turned into a fatal confrontation between demonstrators and police. Loyalty Day became a recurring national holiday in 1955 when a second "Red Scare” reflected growing tensions of the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union. "The prime requisite for restoring our freedom is unswerving devotion to the liberties embodied in our Constitution,” said President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he proclaimed Loyalty Day in 1955. "As Americans, we are united not by the circumstances of our birth or our station in life, but by our fidelity to a set of shared ideals and unalienable rights,” said President Barack Obama in his proclamation of Loyalty Day. On Loyalty Day, he added, "we recommit to the profoundly patriotic work of doing all we can to better the country we love.” Leave it to American humorist Mark Twain to draw a fine distinction: "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” Under Chapter 36 of the U.S. Code, Loyalty Day celebrations are encouraged throughout the country. The purpose of the day is to recognize American Freedom, reaffirm loyalty to the country, and recognize the heritage of American freedom. Citizens are encouraged to unit in the basic ideals on which the Constitution is based. Across the country, only 11 cities, including Freedom, WI, still hold public Loyalty Day events. The celebrations can include parades; encouragement to participate in the political process; educational information about local, state and national issues; encouragement to vote; veterans gatherings; memorial ceremonies and heritage programs