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Relax. It’s Labor Day

Since 1894, the first Monday of September has been a celebrated holiday. Marking the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is a day off of work for most of us; and it’s your official notice that it’s unfashionable to wear white. Labor Day was first made a national holiday by President Grover Cleveland.

While Labor Day was celebrated prior to it becoming a national holiday—as early as 1882 in New York—the Pullman Strike between labor unions and the railroads in 1894 initiated Cleveland’s concern to resolve issues with the labor movement. He was able to get Congress to act within six days of the end of the strike and Labor Day was born.

As directed by the proposal of the holiday, Americans should conduct street parades to show the public “the strength and esprit de crops of the trade and labor organizations” in communities. True to the intent, several communities across the nation host parades and festivals.

So this Labor Day take time to appreciate and recognize the achievements and work of all American workers. We certainly appreciate the continued hard work that you give in volunteering for our organization.

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