I was sitting at the kitchen table when my son asked, “What’s Labor Day?”

I paused for a moment to think about my answer.

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Do I say that according to www.dol.gov, “Labor Day was created to acknowledge the labor movement and their social and economic achievements as American workers?”

Or maybe I could say that the website also stated, “The first governmental recognition of Labor Day was passed between 1885- 1886 in New York but Oregon was the first state to make the recognition of Labor Day a law.”

“Well….,” urged my son.

“There’s so much history about Labor Day, I don’t know where to start,” I explained.

“Who started it?” asked Nick.

I began to explain how www.dol.gov stated, “There is a discrepancy with who actually started Labor Day.  Some people think Peter McGuire was the founder, while others believe it was Matthew Maguire.”

 “Think of your school.” I said.

Now take away the bathrooms that plumbers have installed for students and teachers. 

Now take away any wiring connecting computers, lights, or outlets that electricians have installed to give students the opportunities to use electricity to power tools used to gather information.

Finally, take away the walls, the floors, and the ceilings that numerous builders have constructed.

“Now, what’s left?” I asked.

“Nothing,” said Nick.

I smiled and added, “Exactly.  Labor day is a day to celebrate and show appreciation for all American workers who make our country a better place to live.”

In honor of labor day, all state and local government agencies will be closed.

To learn more about the history of Labor Day visit www.dol.gov