Monday, September 6, 2010
Today is Labor Day, and all across America families are celebrating. Labor Day was first observed in 1892 in New York and became a federal holiday two years later in 1894. Today most Americans celebrate it as the end of summer.
The first Labor Day was celebrated with a huge parade in New York, but things have changed in America in the last 100 years. There will be no parade in my town on Labor Day. In fact, most stores and restaurants are open today. The world may be changing all the time, but there are some things in life that should remain constant. The importance of family and friends in our lives should never change.
My daughter traveled home from Texas this weekend for her high school reunion. I was thrilled to see how happy she was to be with family and to reconnect with old friends. It reminded me of something I read one time. You may travel the world and meet all kinds of wonderful people, but it's the people who grew up with you and your family who remain the most important in your life. After all, they are the only ones who know your roots and what you experienced on your way to adulthood.
So, as you celebrate today, take a moment to think of the American workers, past and present, who contributed to what our country stands for and has become. Also, don't forget the people in your life, again past and present, who have contributed to the person you are today. I hope you have a great day!