This inspiring excerpt comes from an article originally published on The Huffington Post. Click here to read the whole thing.
With Labor Day fast approaching, many of us are already beginning to anticipate the end of summer and all its fun activities. However, I suggest this Labor Day taking a look at the meaning of the holiday and what you can do to uphold and honor its original intent while making a difference!
Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday in September, was started on August 26, 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts. It officially became a federal holiday 16 years later in 1894, following the deaths of a number of workers during the Pullman Strike. Then U.S. President Grover Cleveland used legislation to enact a federal holiday to occur in September as a time of observance for labor, so as to demonstrate his commitment to making healing and reconciliation with labor a top priority. The earliest celebrations set the direction and tone, with parades featuring labor and festivals afterwards for the workers and their families.