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Happy Loyalty Day (Hauskaa uskollisuus päivää)!

To be an American is not a matter of blood or birth. Our citizens are bound by ideals that represent the hope of all mankind: that all men are created equal, endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our Forefathers.

... NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance. I also call upon government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Loyalty Day.

-- via tacitus

The habitual Finnish translation of my holiday greetings is a bit pointless, since Loyalty Day is a distinctly American phenomenon. It seems to have arisen in response to the communist celebration of May Day. Now, communism has been responsible for some pretty horrible things, but fear of communism looks to have been going for the "pointlessly dumb" prize.


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