While to some of you today is simply the first day of May, others are celebrating Law Day, an observance which encourages the people of the U.S. to reflect on the role of the law in the initial formation of the country, as well as its continued importance as a cohesive agent in society.
Sounds great, right? Well, this is actually more of a contentious issue than it may first seem. While most will agree law is an essential element in upholding the structure of a functional society, Law Day is considered by many to be a cloaked attack on leftist beliefs and values.
Law Day was initially introduced by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, in an attempt to dissuade citizens from celebrating May Day, a day of remembrance to commemorate workers the world over who were killed or oppressed in their struggle for better wages or working conditions.
With that said, Law Day is often celebrated nowadays less in terms of what it opposes, as what it supports – that is, the crucial significance of the law in protecting human rights and ensuring justice is delivered.