The VFW Post 4876 in Altus hosted students and teachers to a hot dog luncheon in celebration of “Loyalty Day,” an occasion when all American citizens should publicly reaffirm their complete loyalty to America by demonstrating against individuals who advocate the overthrow of our government.
Altus Mayor Jack Smiley and VFW Post Commander Senior Master Sgt. Rick Willey also attended the celebration. They helped to serve lunch and the mayor proclaimed May 2 as Loyalty Day in Altus.
American history shows Loyalty Day is possible due to the achievement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. After a long struggle, in 1958 Congress enacted Public Law 529, proclaiming May 1 on the Nation’s calendar as Loyalty Day.
“An important thing to remember and always do is to be loyal to your country,” said Altus Intermediate School student Taylor Watson. Other students Alize Salinas, Alexis Espinosa and Madelyn Fallin echoed the same feeling.
VFW Post 4876 members Tom Rolins, Danielle and Rosa Fenix and VFW Quartermaster Russ Hippensteel cooked and served lunch.
“No matter what the situation is, and whether you agree or disagree, always support, be loyal and believe in your country,” Willey said.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.