Labor Day is upon us once again. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker. 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 parade was held in New York City in 1882. Sadly, today many communities don't hold parades to recognize workers. A sign of the times we live in I suppose. They would rather you were in stores for Labor Day sales. On a day when workers should be celebrating their history and each other, instead of working.
There also were many television channels that would run Labor History documentaries all weekend. Many great shows about "The Battle of Cripple Creek," "The Homestead Strike," "The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire," "The Ludlow Massacre"," The Postal Strike of 1970," "The Air Traffic Control Workers Strike of 1981." I could go on and on. Now these channels are filled with people building hot rods and cooking shows. Try and take a few minutes to look at the great history of the Labor Movement in America. It's your history! Maybe even think about what you might be able to contribute.
I hope you will have a safe, happy Labor Day weekend. Please take time to remember those who fought and died for the Labor Movement as you enjoy your holiday weekend.