On Loyalty Day, we rededicate ourselves to...
The holiday was first observed in 1921 as "Americanization Day," and was intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labour Day on May Day (May 1), an internationally celebrated holiday for the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886.
On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.
Indeed, the 1% has tried to repress this history again and again, but May Day is as American as apple pie and as "New York" as a slice of pizza. The 1% has employed various tactics and opportunities to enact this repression: the Cold War, the hysteria of McCarthyism, the passage of anti-union laws, the expulsion of progressive labor leaders from unions. Accordingly, this political repression can be seen in the pathetic attempt to "forget" May Day by renaming it: it was first renamed "Americanization Day" in 1921, then "Loyalty Day" and "Legal Day" in 1958.
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