Re: [OPE-L] Happy Loyalty Day, 2005!

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sun May 01 2005 - 19:24:30 EDT

"Loyalty Day", it seems, was known as "Law Day" in 1988 during
the Reagan years.  See below. It is unclear to me why Reagan
would have wanted to re-name Loyalty Day.

btw, I just returned from a fun May Day celebration at Tompkins
Square Park.  A good anarchist friend of mine, another Jerry,
was the promoter for the event. May Day has quite a history in
Tompkins Square Park!  This year it was mostly a Techno concert
produced by another Lower East Side squatter and activist.  As
the last song was being played (and as the permit had just
expired) we were joined by a small demonstration which had
marched from Union Square -- another place with a long history
of May Day events!  A minute or two afterwards we were joined
by a group of about 40 street performers and vegetarians who
were playing (non-electric) musical instruments and who were
dancing.  They loooked a lot like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts
Club Band!  Then a lot of the crowd started dancing.  I had a good
May Day.  What about you?

In solidarity, Jerry

> Subject: Happy Law Day, USA
> Proclamation 5799 -- Law Day, U.S.A., 1988
> April 20, 1988
>  By the President of the United States of America
> A Proclamation
> For more than three decades our country has observed May 1 as Law Day,
> U.S.A., in grateful recognition that our free Republic is a government of
> laws, not men. On Law Day, U.S.A., we join in proud commemoration of
> America's legacy of liberty, justice, and self-government, and we pause to
> salute those past and present who have served and sacrificed to win and
> protect our freedom and to preserve law and tranquility in our
> communities -- including the men and women of law enforcement whose daily
> courage and dedication make our laws and liberties a living reality.
> Because ours is a government by consent of the people, we are our own
> lawgivers; hence, the virtuousness of our laws depends on our individual
> and
> civic virtues. That is truly something to remember on any Law Day, U.S.A.,
> but especially in a national election year, when we recall how important
> it
> is that each of us be familiar with our rights and liberties and with the
> legal and political guarantees of our freedoms. Only through knowledge,
> awareness, and love of country can we take full part in the
> self-government
> that is ours as Americans to perpetuate.
> This is why all Americans of legal voting age should make up their minds,
> this year and each year, to vote in every election for which they are
> eligible and to observe all election laws faithfully. By voting, we have
> our
> say in who our representatives are and thereby in the shaping of laws that
> affect us, our communities, our States, and our Nation. We should always
> remember that those who vote not only demonstrate their voice in public
> affairs but also exercise one of the precious rights for which brave
> people
> around the globe today fight and die just as did our ancestors. Let us
> understand that our voting is a way to keep faith with them, with our
> fellow
> citizens, with the brave Americans who defend us at home and abroad, and
> with all who cherish our American heritage of liberty, justice, and
> equality
> before the law.
> Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
> America,
> in accordance with Public Law 87 - 20 of April 7, 1961, do hereby proclaim
> Sunday, May 1, 1988, as Law Day, U.S.A. I urge the people of the United
> States to use this occasion to reflect on our birthright of freedom, to
> express gratitude to those who protect our country and our communities, to
> familiarize themselves with the need to vote, and to encourage and assist
> others to vote. I ask the legal profession, schools, public bodies,
> libraries, courts, the communications media, businesses, the clergy,
> civic,
> service, and fraternal organizations, and all interested individuals and
> organizations to join in efforts to focus attention on voting. I also call
> upon all public officials to display the flag of the United States on all
> government buildings on Law Day, U.S.A.
> In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of April, in
> the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
> Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twelfth.
> Ronald Reagan
> [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:40 p.m., April 20, 1988]

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