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!
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by Kurt BialousAlright! Schools are back in session. Mornings are a bit darker, so keep it safe out there! Several of us attended the DD Clinic in Petaluma. It was very informative.
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