Labor Day is here again! For many, this is the unofficial end of summer and the start of a new school year. For others, it is the last chance to enjoy beautiful weather before the fall creeps inexorably toward winter. It’s a day for picnics in the back yard and baseball games on the television. For some people, it marks the day when all of their white clothes are put away for another year.
The Real Labor Day
Yet, in the hoopla of all the family and cultural traditions, we sometimes forget: it is supposed to be a day to reflect on the legacy of the American Worker.
Labor Day became a National Holiday on June 28, 1894 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. It was intended as a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
This nation was built on the strong backs and strong arms of the American worker, men and women whose blood and sweat carved a great society, brick by brick, rail by rail, from the raw material of our determination, innovation, and national identity. This infographic by FlagandBanner.com serves as a primer to help bring Labor Day in America into perspective.
In many ways, everything we have, everything we are, we owe to the American worker.
They have taken this nation to great heights. We have crossed a continent, built monuments to human ingenuity, and walked on the moon. In years to come, the American worker will take us further still. After all, this is an unfinished story; a great experiment.
So enjoy your barbeques, baseball games, and the last day before back-to-school. But also take a moment to reflect on the real reason Labor Day became a national holiday.
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