Friday, September 4, 2009

Honor Labor!

"Labor Day differs in every essential from other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflict and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation." ~ Samual Gempers

I've never really understood Labor Day.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have a day off in early September.  I know it has to do with labor and work.  I suppose we are celebrating ourselves for working?  I always hang my American flag out on Labor Day, but I'm not sure I really understand why.  That's no good!

So, I decided that this year I would Google it:

The holiday originated in Canada, Greece, Turkey and Vietnam out of labor disputes ("Nine-Hour Movement") first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers' strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned the USA, to New York and organized the first American "labor day" on September 5 of the same year.


TEN and I are heading to Tennessee today for another wedding weekend.  JLB & The Juggler are tying the knot tomorrow, and I couldn't be happier for them!!!!  I'm wearing a pretty little purple dress, as I've been asked to do by JLB.  She isn't having "official" bridesmaids, but has asked some of her nearest and dearest to wear a dress in a certain color for pictures and such.  I'm so honored to be one the girls asked to participate :)

On our way back from Tennessee on Sunday TEN has put together a little wine trek for us.  There are 6 wineries on the way, and they all look fabulous!  I'm super excited about the weekend in general, and am sure I will have many, many stories to share upon my return.

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and don't forget to wear your white!!!



Dana-Lynn said...

I love being patriotic (I'm a fellow republican btw)!

Have fun in my state this weekend!

Blackeyed Susan said...

Have a great weekend!!