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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Welcome to Labor Day Weekend!

How is Labor Day celebrated?

The Labor Day celebration exploits the backyard bar-be-que, much like the Fourth of July, with patriotic decorations dominating the scene. The first Monday in September marks the actual day of celebration but all across the nation 'partying' occurs all the weekend prior to Labor Day. The backyard bar-be-que is often laden with hammocks, comfortable lounge chairs, lawn blankets and even lots of huge pillows. In other words, time for rest honoring workers for all their efforts as has been the case since its inception in the 1880s! Tiki torches, twinkle lights and candles in hurricane lamps keep the atmosphere cheery and bright until well into the evening. For some areas of the country, this holiday brings with it a slight chill in the air, which might warrant that first sweater or jacket of the season.  

Whatever you have planned, whether you are traveling, reached your destination, or simply staying at home, have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Remember America's past and the sacrifices for her freedom. Otherwise, there would be no Labor Day celebration.

What is Labor Day celebrating?

Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer falling in 2016 on Monday, September 5: wearing white will go out, school will be in and a change in season is just around the corner. Do you know how it came about, what it means, its founder, the establishment of the first Labor Day? In other words, what is The History of Labor Day? What is it celebrating? On Labor Day rests celebration of the contributions of the working class, attainment of a safe working environment and fair wages/benefits.

In short...

Labor Day celebrates the American worker.

Embrace the Past...

September 5, 1882, one hundred thirty-four years ago, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City. Why the celebration?

What are your plans for celebration?

Plans for Labor Day should NOT include slaving away doing laundry, cleaning house, cooking, sewing, mowing the grass, working, working, working! Well, why not? The day IS all about LABOR! Of course, that is totally the wrong perspective! Labor day is a celebration...a holiday...a day of festivities!

Empower the Present...

Labor Day now carries less significance as a celebration of the working people and has become more about one last cookout or trip to the beach before weather turns cooler. However, it is part of our past and what makes America strong. Schools will be closed but hopefully prior to the weekend break lessons were taught and learned that made this celebrated day possible as a national holiday. 

Various government officials, merchants and farmers take this day as a day away from the daily routines of toil and labor. Many, on the other hand, keep businesses thriving as doors open in compliance with advertisements of Sale! Sale! Sale! Hopefully, each of these businesses will honor the true meaning of the day with the flying or displaying of the American flag. 

Enrich the Future... 

On Labor Day, take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who came before you toiling and laboring in harsh environments with little wages as compensation and without benefits enjoyed today. Inspire and support younger generations in their quest for justice in future employment and ultimately retirement.

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