Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you're enjoying a bit of time off if you live in the U.S.  
I know I'm relieved to have an extra day to get things done around the house.   
For my dad, this holiday truly means the end of summer and that it's time for the beginning of school. Both our boys have been in school, though, for a week or more - so that's not what Labor Day is in this house.  Also -- growing up, since it was called Labor Day, that's what we did ALL. DAY. LONG.  We labored and labored and labored . . . my parents would have a list of things to do that was a mile long!
Here's a brief history of what Labor Day is and why we celebrate it (taken from Star News online by Howard Lestrud ECM Online Managing Editor): 
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
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.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
To to all those workers out there in the U.S. and other countries - I salute you and thank you for making our world the busy place that it is. We truly do make this world go 'round, and we should be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments.

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