Labor Day

The end of Summer. Back to school. Parades. Cookouts. Games. Beach. Fun.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day isn't just Summer's grand finale. (Although most of us - especially us Northern Neck river folks - think of cookouts, beach parties and boat rides when we think of Labor Day.)

Labor Day became an official holiday in 1894 to celebrate and honor workers and their achievements. According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day "is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

Every nation owes its success to its laborers. Since the Industrial Revolution, labor has been the driving force of our economic and industrial progress. Labor fuels industry and spurs economic growth. Labor issues win elections, and prop up political rulers. Labor helps build roads, run factories, drill for oil, and much more. The sweat and toil of the working class has been the building block of growth. - Simran Khurana About.com

Learn more about the history of Labor Day by visiting the US Department of Labor's website.

Drew, Big Boy, Justin and Nathaniel will be enjoying the day off this Labor Day. We hope you will be, too!

Drew Ransone