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article imageOp-Ed: Labor day, a time for looking back, a time for looking forward

By Timothy Whitt     Aug 31, 2013 in Lifestyle
It is time once again for the unofficial end to another fun filled summer season. It is time to celebrate another Labor Day.
Summer is a time for fun trips to the beach and vacations. It is a time for backyard barbecues, pool parties and of course no school. For some Labor day signifies the end to the fun times and the beginning of fall and school,
Labor Day originated as a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman strike.
Over the years Labor Day has evolved from a day to celebrate workers to a day to celebrate the end of summer. Labor day has become a time to reflect back to the good times of the past summer. it is one last celebration before the leaves falls from the trees, the months start to turn cold and the holidays roll around.
Labor Day is also a time when thoughts turn ahead to what is to come, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. culminating in the spring when thoughts of a coming summertime.
Labor Day no matter what it has become, should still be seen as a time to honor all this countries working forces, both past and present. The men and women who toil each day to insure they and their families have a roof over their heads and food in the pantry.
Labor day is a time when thoughts should turn to the working poor, those who toil each day but still cannot afford the comforts a lot of Americans take for granted.
This labor day, take a few moments to reflect but also to help.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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