The Infamous Day Of Labor

The first Monday of September is known as Labor Day in the United States.  Lots of things shut down on Labor Day: Governments, schools, banking institutions and many other different types of businesses. We Americans typically see Labor Day as the end of summer and often the beginning of cooler temperatures that are ushered in by autumn.  It is also seen as the time when both college and professional football games commence. And can I just say Glory to God for that? (Love me some football.  ‘Specially college.) (Hook ’em.) But really, Labor Day is here because of President Grover Cleveland.  Reconciliation with labor was his top priority because of the large number of deaths that occurred at the hands of the U.S. Military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike.  Wanting to make sure there wasn’t further conflict, the law was rushed through Congress and unanimously signed just six days after the strike ended. Most of us Americans just look forward to a three-day weekend in early September.  It’s typically a time where we travel to see friends and family for one last vacation before the school year sets in.  We might hit the beach or have barbecues with our neighbors. All sorts of activities happen this time of year that are enjoyable. I didn’t know that this holiday was started because of so much loss.  But I suppose it’s like that with most holidays. Take time to remember.

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