May 1st - is known as May Day - or Loyalty Day.
As a Military family, we are more aware and participate in more Patriotic functions than most. On Sunday May 1st, my husband woke up at 4:00 AM to drive to the cemetery for a Sun Rise service to perform a symbolic ritual to remember our local veterans that gave it all. He and 2 others showed up. They raised the Flag, said a prayer and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
I was away when I got home I found a very sad man, sad that there wasn't more participation in the remembrance of a Day that was instituted a long time ago to remember Loyalty to our Country.
And then at 8:30 PST - he uttered these words "now I know that what I did in the Gulf was not in vain".
Our Military and their families are a different kind of people. Sometimes I wish that he could leave all of that behind him, but when he makes statements like these I realize how deep in his core his Loyalty to his country really is.
I don't know if President Obama knew it was May/Loyalty Day if he did I didn't hear his Proclamation mentioned anywhere, as I have from previous Presidents.
I do find it ironic that he was able to make the statement "Osama Bin Laden is dead" on the very day he ignored. This Act has now brought about many meet ups and Celebrations of Loyalty to our Country a kin to those in the '50.
Cornell University Defines Loyalty Day as:
TITLE 36 > Subtitle I > Part A > CHAPTER 1 > § 115 § 115. Loyalty Day
(a) Designation.— May 1 is Loyalty Day.
(b) Purpose.— Loyalty Day is a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
(c) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue a proclamation—
(1) calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Loyalty Day; and
(2) inviting the people of the United States to observe Loyalty Day with appropriate ceremonies in schools and other suitable places.