Monday, September 05, 2011

What is Labor Day?

The meaning and history of Labor Day has been forgotten by most Americans. Clearly. Allow me to post this brief article about Labor Day, lifted from the Department of Labor website:

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

More can be found here.

Hard to believe, but Labor Day really is about celebrating the accomplishments of organized labor and unions.  Absolutely no one in the mainstream media, nor any politician I know of, has spoken about how this day is set aside to celebrate a hell of a lot more than the, "unofficial end of summer."

'nuf said.

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