For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things:

     a day off and the end of summer.

But why is it called Labor Day?  Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women.

On this date 135 years ago – September 5, 1882 – the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. Twenty thousand workers marched in a parade up Broadway carrying banners celebrating the power of the worker. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States since 1894. On this very special day, take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom from leaders who walked before us.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity  and importance and should be undertaken

 with painstaking excellence.”   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and  I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”   – Thomas Jefferson

“Nobody can think straight who does not work.   Idleness warps the mind.”   – Henry Ford

“Wealth is the product of labor.”   – John Locke

“Choose a job you love, and you will never  have to work a day in your life.”   – Confucious

“There is no substitute for hard work.”   – Thomas Edison

With these words to guide you, enjoy the day off and be sure to celebrate your coworkers and those around you.