, Muskogee, OK

September 1, 2013

Celebrate American workers

— On this holiday weekend we celebrate the American worker.

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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,” according to the United States Department of Labor.

We have a lot to celebrate.

Over the course of 237 years, the United States has grown from a small collection of agrarian states to a continent-spanning nation. We are the world’s sole superpower. Hard-working Americans have made this country what it is today by the sweat of our brows.

We can be hard on ourselves, sometimes, and there are certainly things about our economy and our workforce that could be criticized. Today is not the day for that.

Today is the day to celebrate the 155 million Americans who work for a living.

Today we remember our drive, our diligence, our dedication.

Today we celebrate our willingness to work hard and our pride in a job well done.

Today we remember the work of fathers and mothers supporting their families.

Today we recall the value of teaching our children to be proud of giving a day’s work for a day’s pay.

So if you have the weekend off, enjoy it. If you are working, be glad of your job and do it well. Many of you provide essential services and we are grateful you are there.

Either way, have a safe and happy Labor Day. Remember why this holiday exists — to celebrate the American worker.