Labor Day may signal the official end of the summer season for many Brooklyn families. But its true meaning is a day marked for the celebration of something most of us do every day – work.
The day got its start after American workers began banding together in the late 1800s to protest the bad and unsafe working conditions in many of the country’s manufacturing plants. Soon the movement spread to other trades.
In fact, it was the parades throughout New York City that put the day on the map. Parades and other activities celebrating the average worker grew every year through the late 1800s. President Grover Cleveland finally declared it a national holiday in 1894.
Today, many of us just think of it as an extra day off work or a time to host cookouts and get-togethers. But, we should consider what Labor Day truly means.
Many workers struggled during the Industrial Revolution to bring us the 40-hour work week, weekends, vacations and sick days. And these men and women should be remembered on Labor Day weekend.
The United States was built on workers who make up the trades. We should take some time to honor the skilled tradespeople who built this country.
Tradespeople, such as plumbers, construction workers, HVAC repairmen and factory workers, are critical to the foundation of the United States because they build our schools, keep our homes comfortable and make the products many of us use every day.
These hardworking men and women are also responsible for ensuring that we get water to our homes and that our power grids work. Our country relies on these skilled workers to keep our nation’s systems going and, without them, these systems would break down.
We should note that the trades have also produced a number of famous people who went on to be some of the most celebrated businessmen, artists and actors in our history. For example, Henry Ford started as an apprentice machinist before he became the father of the mass-produced automobile. Elvis Presley got his start as an apprentice electrician. And, even Harrison Ford was a carpenter before he became famous as Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
So, while we don’t begrudge anyone for celebrating Labor Day with a barbecue – we like those, too – we do think it’s a great time to remember all the tradesmen who make America run.
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Happy Labor Day!