8th District Loyalty Days

Welcome to the 2008 Minnesota's Veterans of Foreign Wars 8th District Loyalty Days celebration. This year the 8th District is celebrating Loyalty Days at the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet on May 2, 3, and 4. Although there is still some planning and logistics to prepare before those days are upon us, here is a tentative view of some of the activities we have planned so far. And as with anything that is tentative, things are subject to change. If there is something you would like to add, or maybe a short story to tell at the banquet, let me know. Thank you for attending and we hope you have a great time.

What is Loyalty Day?

Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanization Day" in 1921 as a counter to the Communists' May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1, 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to promote patriotism. Through a resolution adopted in 1949, May 1 evolved into Loyalty Day. Observances began in 1950 on April 28 and climaxed May 1 when more than five million people across the nation held rallies. In New York City, more than 100,000 people rallied for America. In 1958 Congress enacted Public Law 529 proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on the nation's calendar.

Friday May 2, 2008

Flag Disposal Ceremony

We will start off at the post home with all the posts from the district and march a parade of flags to veterans park. The parade will be led by the home post color detail. Once the colors are posted at veterans park, we will have a flag disposal ritual. After which we will march back to the post home.

Testimonial Dinner (post home)

The dinner is in honor of Commander Donald Doulas and President Rita Skyberg. This is an RSVP dinner so make sure you send in your reservations and payment as early as possible. If you did not receive a reservation form, send a check for $11.00 per person along with your name, post/auxiliary number, city, and number of attendees to Lil Lavoy, 210 Arch St. Cloquet, MN 55720. The menu is

Dinner Salad
Roast Pork
Mashed Potatoes/gravy
Mixed Vegetables

Following the Testimonial Dinner will be a dance.

Saturday May 3, 2008

The events planned for Saturday is a morning meeting, the Patriotic Program, a Memorial Services practice, the Awards Banquet and an evening dance

Sunday May 4, 2008

After the morning meeting will be the Joint Memorial Service followed by the Joint Installation of Officers

Lodging Accommodations

111 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
877-897-1522 (toll free)
Room Rate: $68.98 + tax
10 rooms blocked - Rooms will be released April 2, 2008

Super 8 Motel
121 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Room Rate: $79.90 + tax
10 rooms blocked - Rooms will be released April 2, 2008

Black Bear Casino Resort
I-35 & Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 55718
Room Rates: $85.00
10 rooms blocked - Rooms will be released April 2, 2008
Shuttle service will be available as scheduled - Scheule to be announced

Other Motels you may want to try. These Motels wer not contacted by the VFW.

Royal Pines Motel
1508 Cty Road 61
Carlton, MN 55718

Golden Gate Motel
3202 River Gate Ave
Cloquet, MN 55720