How Labor Day came to be……
For many people, Labor Day means a day off from work and the holiday that marks the end of the traditional summer season as students return to school the following week. Labor Day, however, is really a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.
Labor Day in the United States is celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American Labor Movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
Labor Day differs from the other holidays during the year in that other holidays are connected with conflicts and battles, strife, greed, power, and glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.
It is therefore appropriate the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creators of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
By Anne Capps Executive Vice President – American Receivable