February 25, 2020

Labor Day celebrates country’s workforce


The national recognition of the American worker was not a quick journey, but left us with a holiday few understand the significance of.
Beginning in the late 1800s, municipal ordinances laid the groundwork for Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday in September. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the day 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 department’s website reads.
It is only fitting the country proudly celebrates its history, including the history of the American workers who battled their way through the Industrial Revolution, from which originates many of the amenities we rely on today. The American worker also struggled through and survived the Great Depression, an event that cost many their lives and wealth and brought the country to the brink of destruction.
We need to take time to celebrate the grit and determination that has carried the nation to the point we are now.
It is easy to get wrapped up in current events and forget the challenges we have faced as a nation. But without the American worker, we likely wouldn’t be where we are today.
“The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem,” the Department of Labor website reads. “This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio and television.”
The struggles and strengths of the American worker have added to our nation’s high standard of living and its production, which has long been the envy of the world.
Therefore, it is appropriate and fitting that the nation pause its workforce on Labor Day to celebrate and pay tribute to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom and leadership — the American worker.


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