The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882, by roughly 20,000 workers who held a giant parade to call for better working conditions. They followed it up with picnics and fireworks. In 1894, Labor Day was made a national holiday … a reward for all the hard work we put in as Americans. Interesting how times change … what started as a day of protest has become a day of leisure and relaxation.
While we relax and enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans, we should remember that some Americans will indeed be at work on Labor Day … in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and here at home, serving our country and serving our communities. We should be especially thankful for that.
I wish you an enjoyable, relaxing Labor Day weekend!
Happy Labor Day,
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