"Loyalty Day" was first observed in 1921 as "American Day" to counterbalance Labour Day on May Day (May 1) celebrated in other parts of the world. On May 1, 1930, about 10,000 Veterans of Foreign Wars members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to promote patriotism. Through a resolution adopted in 1949, May 1 evolved into "Loyalty Day". Observances began on April 28, 1950, and climaxed on May 1 when more than 100,000 people rallied for America. President Eisenhower passed Congressional Act 85-529 of 1958, designating May 1st of each year as "Loyalty Day."
The Climax Springs Memorial VFW Post 3600 and Ladies Auxiliary work together with the community to make "Loyalty Day" something that all Americans can be proud of. The organization is gearing up for its 28th annual "Loyalty Day" observance and parade on Saturday, May 4. The theme this year is "I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag". The program will start at 10 a.m., followed by a flag raising and the parade. The Grand Marshall this year is Sheriff Dwight Franklin.
Parade categories are: Businesses, Clubs & Organizations and Private Sector. To enter should call Brian McGrew (parade coordinator) at 1-573-552-2729 or Mary Ferrie at 1-573-347-2246. There is no cost for an entry into the parade.
Our Ladies Auxiliary will have a concession stand, craft booths and bake sale. All our activities will take place at our Post Home. There is no charge for anyone wanting a craft booth. The Climax Area Civic Center will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Civic Center.