If you don’t know what Loyalty Day is you can look it up on the web or ask around. What I would like to challenge you to do is define loyalty and where your loyalties lie.
Josiah Royce in his 1908 book The Philosophy of Loyalty defined loyalty as a virtue-"the heart of all the virtues, the central duty amongst all the duties".
Royce also defined it as "the willing and practical and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause". Loyalty is thoroughgoing in that it is not merely a casual interest but a wholehearted commitment to a cause.
We have many things in life we are loyal to. I am loyal to my family. My interest in them is more than, “oh yeah, this is my vibrant, mother, this is my sister whom I can talk to about anything. I have three brothers who I spend every Christmas with….
According to Royce, it should be more than just a casual interest. My family, even though I don’t always agree with everything they do, we have our differences, I am wholeheartedly committed to the well-being of my family. I make the overall well-being of my family far out way our differences. My goal is to be the daughter, the sister, the sister-in-law and aunt my family knows they can count on no matter what. I am loyal to my family.
We are the Ladies Auxiliary VFW family. We said an oath, a vow (promised our loyalty) to the Veterans and their families, our sisters, comrades and goals of this organization when we became members. We may not always agree with our VFW and Ladies Auxiliary family, but our loyalties were expressed in that oath we took.
Our active duty and our Veterans took an oath-a promise of loyalty when they enlisted. They may not have always agreed with the policies, regulations and fellow comrade, but they were thoroughgoing to the cause.
As a nation our loyalties faltered during the Vietnam era. The VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary has clearly stated where their loyalties lie. Never, never again should our nation’s loyalties falter. We have vowed to work together “Keeping Our Veterans & Their Families Strong.”
My challenge to you is, “Loyalty, wholeheartedly commit to the cause.” Stay focused on the cause, work together with our family of sisters, put aside all that distracts us from the cause we are loyal too.