Oct. 28, 2016 – West Bend, WI – The city of West Bend will be hosting Loyalty Day next year. The event, which will feature a huge parade, will be Saturday, April 29.
Loyalty Day is observed nationally. All VFW Posts will be invited to take part, but so are all other veterans organizations, bands, marching units and others from across Wisconsin.
There’s only one Loyalty Day parade in each state each year. Last year Pleasant Prairie was the host city.
On a history note: Loyalty Day was first celebrated in 1921 as “Americanization Day.” It was a way for people to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and recognize the heritage of American freedom. The first national observance was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 1, 1955; three years later it was deemed an annual holiday.