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Celebrate this Labor Day with a Few Facts!


August 28, 2014
By: Valerie Knight- Washington County RI
Labor Day to most people marks the unofficial end of summer and the start of a new school year. A 3-day weekend that involves cook-outs, family, friends, parades and sleeping in on a Monday morning. At least that's how many of us see the holiday; as most have forgotten how the day became to be what it is.
Labor day was originally a way to recognize our hard working laborers in the late 1800's. Labor Day started the fight for fair wages and gave all employees the rights that we overlook today; things that many over-worked Americans could only dream of then.  They worked for little pay that barely covered living expenses if at all. They worked long 16 hour days with no sick time or vacation pay and over 10,000 Americans workers gave up a days salary to march in the first labor day parade (Which was held on a Tuesday even though we celebrate it every first Monday in September)
 
Some Fun Facts about Labor Day:
    •    The average american spends more than 100 hours a year commuting to work which is more than the two weeks of vacation they occur each year
    •    Labor Day is celebrated not only in the United States, but in Canada as well
    •    Traditionally it's been unacceptable to wear white after Labor, although Fashion no longer sees fit for it.
    •    According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, labor day marks the end of Hot Dog Season
    •    Slow Food USA has declared Labor Day 2009 to be a National Day of Action to get healthier food in schools.
 
So as you celebrate this Labor Day, remember to take a moment to thank all of the hard working men and women in our country who dedicate endless hours to support the country's industries.

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