Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day- The History behind the Holiday

The US Dept of Labor stated, "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

Labor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years.  The first labor day was celebrated in 1882 and from that year on, Labor Day has been celebrated.  Congress joined the bandwagon and declared in 1894 that the first Monday in September would be a National Holiday.

Labor Day has always been a day that I appreciated growing up.  It signified the last weekend of summer to me because, growing up in New York State, the school season started a day or two after the holiday.  I never realized until I started working how this holiday is a salute to ALL workers in the United States.

Every paid laborer is doing a job of some sort that helps out the well-being of Americans.  Gas station attendants help us get the gasoline we need to get from point A to B, wait staff helps us by giving us a day off of cooking, and so on and so forth.

There are also millions of Americans who would give anything to return to the workforce.  There are the people receiving unemployment benefits, but there are millions of other Americans under the radar who are unemployed and not receiving any benefits.

I am having a mini-vacation that would not have been possible if it weren't for the long weekend!  I appreciate the people over 100 years ago that gave us another reason to celebrate this great country.

I wanted to say thank you fellow Americans for making this country so great!

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