Why We Celebrate Labor Day?
Each year, the celebration of Labor Day, on the first Monday in September, signifies the end of summer. For most of us it means a day off from work and a three day weekend. But what does Labor Day, a national holiday, truly represent? Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
The holiday originated in 1882 as a result of the labor movement and was intended to be a day of rest to recognize the efforts of the average working man and woman. The Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to organize an official celebration on September 5, 1882 in New York City.
The first Monday in September was designated as the holiday because the day occurred halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. This idea became popular wIth various labor unions and local governments around the country, and municipalities gradually came to adopt Labor Day as an official holiday
The recognition of Labor Day as a national holiday for the working man came about as a result of a law signed by President Grover Cleveland. Although Cleveland was not a significant labor union supporter himself, he found the legislation enacting Labor Day as a national holiday to be a symbolic remedy for political damage he had suffered earlier that same year. During this time, he used federal troops to thwart an American Railway Union strike in Chicago, and as a result, 34 railroad workers were killed.
Although originally celebrated with large public demonstrations of worked banding together in rallies and parades in the streets, Labor Day is generally accepted with pride in recognition of the contributions that workers throughout America have made to the overall prosperity and success of our nation.
So now you know the official WHY America celebrates Labor Day - so go out and have a great UNOFFICIAL American one of your own!
Exalted Ruler's Message
by Ernie NunesAugust is upon us with state V.P. Pete Day homecoming August 8th and Great Northwest District jamboree weekend starting August 14th thru 17th here at our lodge. I'm writing this as we are departing New Orleans after the National Convention. Lots going on, I will post the resolutions that were voted on and have a report by next meeting.
Tim Jaeger from Petaluma is the new Drug Awareness Chair and they have a lot of new material on the website for kids.
Member recruiting is an issue at most lodges across the country, fortunately not for us. This is a big push at the state and national level. For us it means doing what we do well and improving the areas where we are weak.
Anything you think that will be fun and help improve the lodge, let me or any of the other officers know. We will work to make anything within reason happen.
Lastly, many thanks to Terry Long and his crew for their hard work with the fireworks booth. I haven't seen the final numbers yet but rumor has it it's a record breaker.
Ernie Nunes, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler