Nesquehoning observes Loyalty Day
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Special awards went to seated front, Youth Award Christina Dacey and Olivia Dacey for placing flags on the graves at the town's cemeteries with their grandfather Ted Dacey; Amanda Breiner, Auxiliary member award; and standing are Social member Frank Hauser; Veteran Social Chris Heffelfinger; Regular member Walter Breiner; Special Award to Carol and Larry Wolford for their dedication to the troops overseas. Missing from awards ceremony were Irene and Nick Trubilla for contributions of items to troops; and Gene Rutch as a Business Member.
Each year the Nesquehoning VFW and Ladies Auxiliary holds Loyalty Day on May 1. The observance is conducted by VFW dignitaries and Nesquehoning's mayor.
Loyalty Day is always observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the U.S. and for the recognition of the heritage of American Freedom.
It was made an official holiday by U.S. Congress in 1958. Following the passage of this law, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1,1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.
The VFW observance which is never forgotten by the VFW Post 8008 and its ladies auxiliary selected Don DeMarco as its master of ceremonies. Mayor Tony Walck read the Proclamation and everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Walck thanked the VFW "For keeping the program alive. They are still one of very few around who holds the observance." Ted Dacey, VFW chaplain, gave the invocation.
Henry Desroisers, administrator of Carbon County Veterans Affairs said he is glad to see the observance because it is a forgotten day. Servicemen and women are now in 169 countries today. "This is the only organization that does this, that I know of," said Desrosiers.
District 20 commander Gerald Harbin was also in attendance. DeMarco handed out the list of awards.
Appropriate patriotic songs were sung by all in attendance.