Members of the Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and Ladies Auxiliary celebrated Loyalty Day on Tuesday.

Originally known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day was officially recognized as an official holiday by the Congressional Act 85-529 of 1958.

It was established as a special day to counterbalance May Day which the Communists were using for their annual hate demonstrations against the United States.

James Mulholland, senior vice commander of the Post was the master of ceremonies and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck read the Loyalty Day Proclamation.

Following the reading of the proclamation, Walck commended Post 8008 members and the Ladies Auxiliary for recognizing and celebrating Loyalty Day. He also called upon fellow citizens to take the time to celebrate Loyalty Day and to reaffirm his or her love for America.

Henry Desrosiers of Carbon County Veterans Affairs addressed the audience again this year.

"In the four and a half years as director of Veterans Affairs, this is the only organization that conducts a service on Loyalty Day," said Desrosiers.

He noted that the "dissent of the Vietnam era eroded the popularity of Loyalty Day," and that "today, Loyalty Day is not a commonly observed holiday."

He commended the post members for their "loyalty and patriotism" by holding the annual celebration.

"Let's all work together to show the world that we are proud of our freedom," said Desrosiers.

Awards were presented to several individuals during the ceremony.