"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and 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."--excerpt from The History of Labor Day, on the US Department of Labor website
As I like to point out, many but not all people are off on Labor Day. For example, I worked last year, as well as many previous holiday weekends. As a veteran retail worker, I can tell you that this weekend is one of the busiest, both in terms of traffic and sales. I'll leave you to sort out the irony of this, the holiday in which the American worker is celebrated by having (in some cases) to work.
But it's not just those in retail that are putting in their time, so this post is dedicated to all those contributing to society. Here are a few examples:
- Those that are on active military duty, both here and abroad,
- first responders and those that support them,
- contractors, freelancers, and other independent workers,
- those in the shadow economy, and
- the rest of us who still check emails and voice messages while supposedly taking the day off.
I honor what you do and the sacrifices you make. May this day be all you need it to be.
HAPPY LABOR DAY, FOLKS!