The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations. And in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.(http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm)
It started out as a holiday to celebrate the labor unions and the workers. Now it is more or less a signal that summer is over and Autumn activities are in order— school starts, football season starts, and “fashionable women” stop wearing white (does anybody really care?). It is a day to take your last trek to the mountains or the beach. Join in for picnics and family gatherings. Go shop the sales at the mall. It is one of those three day weekends that we all love.
Honor the worker
Today I would like to go traditional on you and honor the worker – not the labor unions – but the worker. Those that we forget about, take for granted, don’t appreciate until they aren’t there anymore doing their job.
I want to say “Thank you” to the garbage men, the street sweepers and the delivery men and women. Waiters and waitresses that serve us food, thanks. The clerks at the grocery store deserve our thanks—imagine standing on your feet all day at a cash register and rarely hearing a kind word. Thanks to the hairdressers, the farmers, the yard maintenance crews. And thank you, auto mechanics and those who keep the airplanes repaired.
To the Air Conditioner repairman who comes on the hottest days of the year so you can stay cool and comfortable— thank you. Thanks to those who keep electricity flowing and water running. We owe a debt of gratitude to all you ancillary medical personnel. You give amazing service. Thank you so much. Thanks to the emergency responders of all kinds who keep you safe and come to help when you’re in trouble. I can’t possibly list them all—but I’m talking about the people who work mainly out of the public eye keeping everything running smoothly.
You don’t come to work in expensive suits and sit at a desk all day. Unfortunately, you earn but do not receive the “big bucks.” But without you, no one else could get their jobs done. You are important, and I just want to say how much I appreciate you. Many join me in saying, thank you.
This day is for you. Thank you for doing what you do day after day.
Have a wonderful labor day.