President Barack Obama, in an executive order, declared May 1, 2012, to be Loyalty Day, a day when Americans are encouraged to display the American flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The first Loyalty Day was declared by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1959 and has been repeated each May 1 by every president, including Ronald Reagan and two George Bushes.

Loyalty Day is neither new nor is it evil.

I only became aware of this holiday when, in this newspaper, a reader disparaged Loyalty Day because it occurs on May 1 and because Barak Obama is somehow involved. There is no U.N. Communist Socialist Kenyan drone plot involved -- a conclusion I was able to reach with 3 minutes of research on the Internet, while simultaneously watching an episode of "American Pickers."

A.B. Campbell