1 May 2016
While most of the international community including Nigeria, celebrates May 1st as Workers’ Day, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has recently declared it as Loyalty Day in the United States of America.
The declaration was made in a proclamation published on the White House website which began by lauding the efforts, dedication and sacrifice of those who have gone before and worked hard to make the country great as it is today.
“Our Nation has always been at its finest when guided by a spirit of shared sacrifice and common purpose”, it read, “It is that spirit that led a small band of patriots to declare our fledgling democracy free from the grasp of tyranny, that slaves and abolitionists carried in their hearts as they marched forward on the long journey toward freedom, and that guides the men and women who wear our country’s uniform in their selfless service.”
It further declared, “in order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America and pay tribute to the heritage of American freedom.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2016, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.”
“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.”
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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