Law day is an American holiday that is held on the first day of May every year.
The holiday holds great importance to the country and its people. The history of law day can be traced back in the 50’s when the 34th president of the United States of America, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the day to be commemorated as the law day holiday instead of the usual May Day celebration. This day was marked and officiated to be the law day holiday for the Americans to observe.
Reasons for establishing Law Day
President Eisenhower meant for the day to serve as a reminder for the American people to look at the significance the law had in the country and its impact in their lives. The emphasis of law day was based on reflecting on the role the law had in bringing freedom and justice to the American people. At the time, President Eisenhower was under the advisory of Charles S. Rhyne who was then the leader of the American Bar Association. His vision was that the American people would appreciate the contribution of law to the freedom they enjoy.
In his speech in 1958, President Eisenhower reminded the American people of the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law. He advised the people to safe guard this heritage since it was as a result of the efforts and struggles of the people who had fought for the freedom of America. It was important that their sacrifice and determination would never be forgotten.
Law day was to serve as a focus for the American people to take a keen look on the American rights that had been stated in the American constitution. The American rights emphasizes on equality and justice under law. The importance of law, according to President Eisenhower, in ensuring equality and justice therefore could not have been an understatement.
The sole aim for the establishment of law day was to create a sense of respect and admiration of the great impact law had and would continue having in the lives of the American people and the country as a whole. President Eisenhower desired that in celebrating law day, Americans would get a sense of loyalty in their country which would be brought about by the law ensuring justice and equality to all.
The law day holiday is currently being used as an opportunity to educate the young and old people alike about the legal system in America. This is an effort to make everyone understand and acknowledge the significance of the law and legal process in the country and society at large.