Labor Day: Take a moment to honor nation’s workers

Americans love a three-day weekend, and this one is all about honoring the workers who built this country and keep it moving forward. (It is a cruel twist that so many of them work in jobs essential enough that they are not always able to take the day off).

They build what we need, keep the lights on, serve us and protect us — with a work ethic that has impressed corporate employers from around the world. Just ask the folks at Hino Motors.

Without those willing to work, and work hard, the gears of this nation stop turning.

Sure, for some of us today is a mini-break before the trudge to the holiday season begins. Sure the focus is often on casual get-togethers and maybe getting in one last swim; maybe taking advantage of some good sales. But we should remember today that none of that happens — the American dream doesn’t happen — without the people who do the work.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

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“Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation’s character.”

— Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee

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“Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.”

— Samuel Gompers, founder and longest-serving president of the American Federation of Labor

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