Happy Loyalty Day, American readers.
In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day." On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.
Via Chris Brooke on twitter. I thought this particular symptom of the post 9/11 collective bang on the American head had gone the way of freedom fries, but it seems not. Maybe Obama has to observe it since it's a law of sorts, or something.
UPDATE: I stand corrected. Loyalty Day was apparently thought up as 'Americanization Day' in 1921, during the first great red scare, and made official in 1958, during the second. Interesting that neither Johnson nor Nixon bothered with it.