What is Labor Day?-Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. I’m glad you came by this morning. Today is a special day, Labor Day, and I’ve never taken the time to understand what it is, let alone why it is. It’s just always meant a three-day weekend, and who doesn’t like a little more playtime, right? Come on in and let’s talk about the meaning of “Labor Day.”

So one of the sites that I visited on this subject defined Labor Day as: “a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Let’s stop there for a moment. Considering our economy right now, this statement seems like an oxymoron, but then again, we must consider how far this country has come, thus the word “achievements,” which denotes a process.

We all know that our dollar has decreased in value, but it’s our nation’s values that have decreased more than the dollar. The next time you’re at your bank, ask them if they have any of the new dollar coins. Then look for the words “In God We Trust.” Unfortunately, you’ll need a magnifying glass to find them.

The rest of the definition for Labor Day says: “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Now, we could go off on all kinds of directions about the last part of this definition, but all I’ll say is for those of us who do have a job, we should be celebrating the fact that our working is considered a contribution to our country’s overall well-being, and in today’s economy, the fact that we do have a job should also be celebrated.

A little history about the first Labor Day holiday: Actually, the first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday, September 5, in 1882, and the first place on the map to do so was New York City, N.Y. They did so in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. Then in 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the official holiday, as originally proposed by the Central Labor Union, and other cities followed the example of New York and celebrated what they called then a “working men’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.

So worker or not, may you enjoy this Labor Day. May its true meaning resonate with the freedom we enjoy as American workers, and may this be a day that brings you memories that make your heart smile for years to come. For those of you who listen to our Blog Talk Radio show on Mondays at 1:00, we will not be on the air today, but will pick up next week with our show.

Have an awesome day


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