How will you celebrate Labor Day this year?
On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the states, the District of Columbia and the territories. On this day, we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
As an example, I am writing this while on vacation with 25 family members in the OBX. Here we can rent a luxurious house that far outstrips what Carnegie, Ford, Vanderbilt or Morgan ever experienced. First, we could travel the 400 miles in 7 hours in an air-conditioned, quiet, well riding automobile which Ford could recognize and marvel. Despite their mansions in Newport, CT, all would have been envious of our ten-bedroom rental home with electricity, air conditioning, vacuums, micro waves and endless supplies of ice. Despite our distance, we are in constant communications with our colleagues and loved ones around the world with our phones and internet.
All this is because of the efforts of American workers to turn dreams and ideas into valuable products. You deserve a day of recognition and a poignant reminder of just how far we have come! Use this opportunity to have a family discussion about our history, our opportunities, why this is possible in America and not other countries. America is the country people want to escape to, to turn dreams and ideas into a better future for their families.