Norfolk residents take to streets with Loyalty Day parade

NORFOLK, Neb. — Some northeast Nebraska residents took to the streets for Loyalty Day today.

The annual Norfolk Loyalty Day parade was held Friday afternoon.

The parade route started at the Salvation Army parking lot, ran east on Norfolk Avenue on 2nd Street, north 2nd to Braasch Avenue and west on Braasch back to the Salvation Army.

The parade was sponsored by Norfolk VFW Post 1644.

Loyalty Day was first observed in 1921 for the “reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States.”¬†

The holiday was originally called Americanization Day and was implemented amid fears of Communism pervading the country. It was established as a response to May Day. The holiday was officially recognized 34 years later by Congress.

Norfolk is one of roughly 10 cities in the U.S. that still have an annual Loyalty Day parade.