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Happy Labor Day

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Today is Labor Day, a day American’s traditionally celebrate with backyard barbecue parties, afternoons at the beach, hotdogs and hamburgers. But what is Labor Day really about? From Wikipedia:

[Labor Day] became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

With that in mind, why don’t we take a moment today, this beautiful September day, to give thanks to all of the thousands upon thousands of hard working folks who, through their constant efforts, make it possible for us to celebrate with barbecues and hotdogs and beach days. And then let us take a moment to pray for all of the thousands and thousands of people who have lost their jobs and are, thanks to the flailing job market, unable to find work. Let’s pray that things pick up, that the economy gets better, that jobs are created, that lives are renewed, pockets filled, and hope restored. Let’s pray for a revitalization of the American People. We have a lot to offer when we have the opportunity.

Raise your glass and toast to New Opportunities!

Read the rest of Wikipedia’s article about Labor Day here.

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