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Happy Labor Day!

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Ever wondered why you got the first Monday off every September? Read on:

Labor Day, always the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Then, in 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday and the Central Labor Union urged other cities to celebrate the “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.

The first proposal of the holiday said it should be celebrated with a street parade to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the amusement of the workers and their families. The Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years. Now, Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

It is appropriate that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

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