Our Glorious Labor Day

by C. Edward Royce
(Chicago, Ill U.S.A.)


What Labor Day Means And The Hard Work It Took To Get Us There!.......

You know its really neat to have the day off and how all of us look forwards to the cookout and being able to spend some personal time with family and friends and we all know how much our quiet time means to all of us and thats how it should be, But it wasn’t always that way?.

After all its easy to remember the earlier Labor Days like the old folks often told us about:

Like the Farmer who was chased away from Sunday Market because he refused to pay street tax, Or the Secretary who was suddenly laid off because her hair got a bit gray, And yes lets look at all the line workers who were let go because they refused to accept pay cuts with no insurance or benefits to boot and last but not least we should always remember and never forget the countless workers who’d marched right through the Guard Line, Or who stood cold and jobless in the rain demanding better job conditions and remain yet unsung and unheralded and having to fight off 'Labor Goons’ as well but who in their own way and with hard sacrifice firmly stood not just for more pay but also for ‘Liberty and Justice’ for us all as the struggle they made and the hard won battles they fought both for Labor and for America and our great nation means we not only have decent work conditions today but also that we can take this day off and tomorrow we will have a job to go back to myself included!.....

And it was all the harder for most of their struggle was waged in peacetime and far away from foreign shores, But their quiet struggle was just as important as those waged at Bunker Hill or the men who rushed the shell riddled beach at Normandy for while the soldiers kept the nation free the ‘workers fought’ to insure that the 'fighting men and women' would still have a ‘decent country’ to return to after their Battle ended so it that light its easy to see the ‘real value’ to all of us:

For Human Dignity, Freedom and the Rights of Man are the real prizes of Labor Day!.........

By: C. Edward Royce.

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