County Executive MaryEllen Odell
Odell Honors Veterans at Loyalty Day Jamboree
CARMEL, N.Y. – County Executive MaryEllen Odell recognized the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces on Sunday, April 27 at the annual Loyalty Day Jamboree organized by the Putnam County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
“Loyalty Day is about remembering the reason why we are free and to show our support for America and its values,” said Odell. “Our veterans allowed themselves to be put in harm’s way to protect those who were being oppressed and to keep us at home safe. We appreciate their selfless acts and are forever in their debt.”
First recognized at American Invasion Day, Loyalty Day was established as a counterpoint to May Day celebrations in Communist nations in order to highlight America’s democracy. Loyalty Day became an official holiday in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Photo Caption: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was one of the officials who spoke at the Loyalty Day Jamboree at Putnam County Veterans’ Memorial Park in Kent on Sunday, April 27.