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President Kennedy Proclaims May 1 as Loyalty Day

Apr. 5, 1962 - President Kennedy set aside May 1 as a special day for declaring “unceasing devotion and loyalty to this nation” and “our absolute repudiation and rejection of totalitarian concepts of either the Left or the Right.” Congress approved a resolution in 1958 asking the President to proclaim May 1 of each year as Loyalty Day. President Kennedy also today designated the week beginning Sept. 17 as Constitution Week, a time for study and observance of the developments that led to formation of the country’s founding document.


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