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There’s no subsitute for hard work:?Happy Labor Day

Today, many of us will pause from work to observe Labor Day.

Except we don’t.

Americans have a certain drive that compels them forward without pause.

Our work weeks are not limited to 9 to 5 Monday through Friday with weekends and holidays off.

In the 21st Century, some do their shopping while others sleep.

We manufacture goods around the clock.

Yet, it’s time to manufacture more products in the good old U.S.A. – this pandemic has taught us that.

“Make More On Shore” is our slogan.

And though it is Labor Day, public servants in critical areas such as first responders, health-care providers and emergency room staff are always available, always accessible.

Work has come to define us.

As it should.

When we meet a new person, they often ask what we do and we tell them how we make our living.

We live in a day of high competition that pushes us to do more, to be better, to innovate and to create in ways not even imaginable to our predecessors. And who knows where it will lead us?

It is doubtful that those involved in the labor movement over a century ago when Labor Day was born could have envisioned today’s American prosperity.

Indeed, we owe the American worker for much of the nation’s strength and freedom and for the realization of the highest standard of living the world has ever known.

Labor Day was signed into law on June 28, 1894, by President Grover Cleveland to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers.

The holiday originally was observed with parades and picnics, speeches and even cigars and “lager beer kegs … mounted in every conceivable place” during the first Labor Day in New York City, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

A gathering of family and friends continue to be part of today’s Labor Day tradition, and the holiday has come to signal the informal end of summer.

So take the day off — if you can.

Throw a burger on the grill in celebration of the day and of summer.

And somewhere along the way, take a moment to appreciate why we honor this day and remember those who toiled in years gone by to make our working life better.

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