The Lesson of Labor Day

September 6, 2017

Let’s reflect on the purpose of Labor Day. Contrary to popular belief, this day is not just time off from work and school, or a plethora of barbeques and parades. It is a time to appreciate the dedication of the American Workforce.



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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is a “yearly national tribute to the contributions [that] workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” During the labor movement, this day was set aside to honor the social and economic achievements of the American workers. This country is more than the sum of it’s parts, and has truly accomplished greatness over the years due to it’s working people.


In the late 1800’s, rallies of workers speaking out on the unjustifiable pay cuts were standing up for what they knew to be right, and were granted a day off, entitled ‘Labor Day.’ The invaluable, yet subtle morals to be learned through the creation of Labor Day include a countless number of important lessons that are worth taking note of.


When there is an injustice or a when system fails, instead of staying silent, assist in the reparations. This lesson is indispensable for the development of our youth. Recognizing the effects of a sole individual within the context of a greater cause is vastly important for a unified community.


It does not matter what your socioeconomic status is, or your gender, the color of your skin, or your political party, because when you become a part of society, whether that be through the workforce, education system, or in another way, you are granted a voice. So let’s use it for something good.


Hello, my name is Zaria Whitacre and I am 17 years old. I am on the Child Advocacy Team at Bolton Refuge House, member of my high school’s student council, student newspaper, public relations officer for my school’s chapter of Amnesty International, and a member of Teen Literacy Initiative. I write for Affinity Magazine, Noise Complaint, and make frequent submissions to my hometown newspaper. I wish to inspire others to stand up for their beliefs, be confident, and always compassionate to those you don’t understand. I’m not sure what I want to do in the future, but I know I want happiness for myself and those around me. 

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