HERE’S TO YOU, THE AMERICAN WORKER, ON LABOR DAY
• What exactly is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it? Is it a day spent at the beach, possibly viewing your town’s parade, or maybe lounging on the couch, serial watching your favorite TV series on Netflix? Yes, it’s all that, but it’s also much more. Labor Day was officially memorialized in 1887 for “contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of” the United States. It’s easy to overlook all that America has accomplished with good old-fashioned labor; engineering feats like the Transcontinental Railroad, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Interstate Highway System. Yes, we all have much to thank for the Puritan work ethic that still embodies many an American worker
• I’m as guilty as most; sure, I think about labor-day, but then I quickly go about my day enjoying a short respite from work. Labor is labor, and all workers deserve to celebrate a day off to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. Those of us in the tent rental and special events business certainly know the meaning of hard work. From swinging a sledge hammer to setting tables and chairs, hard work is what we do, every day, no matter how tired or sore we are from the day before.
• I think if the organizers of early American workers could see America today they would be proud of the foundation that they built; a foundation that has allowed America to grow and prosper to a degree which those of yesteryear could only dream. So here’s to all workers, from the past, the present and the future; work hard, work smart and most importantly, enjoy your holiday.