Making Labor Day Personal
McGuire v Maguire: sounds like the backdrop of a good Irish melodrama, but the true story of whether or not it was a carpenter or a machinist that orchestrated the creation of Labor Day will probably never be known.
What we do know is that President Grover Cleveland signed the celebration of Labor Day into law in 1894. It was, and still is, meant to be a happy recognition of the incredible contribution of laborers across the country to our national well being.
While COVID 19 has touched us in many profound ways, today, I am thinking about the farmers, the truckers, the distribution centers, and the grocery store employees who have never stopped making sure that we could put food on the table, even during a pandemic.
Today, I am thinking about my great grandfather, a mason, my grandfather, who worked for the highway department, and my grandmother in the mills. I am thinking about Frankie O'Donnell, the first person to ever give me a job, picking up balls at Bedford Golf Land. I never stopped working until I retired in 2017.
Today, I am proud to have passed on the understanding of the value of hard work to my own kids, and confident that their kids, too, will benefit from the discussions about how good things require great effort and why doing your best is always the way to go.
Today, we recognize the immense importance of the American Worker, the backbone of our country. With a nod to the past, we look to the future in our endless attempts to form a more perfect union. The work continues...with thanks.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor, Bedford! sm