According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Strength. Prosperity. Well-being of our Country.

Strength is defined as the quality or state of being strong in physical power and energy and/or in the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult.

Prosperity is defined as the state of being prosperous. Prosperous is defined as being successful in material terms; flourishing financially.

Well-being is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

This is what we are built on, every business owner, entrepreneur, professional, and laborer. The work you do is so honorable that a day has been set aside to celebrate you and all of those who have labored for our great nation, for the American dream.

These are the hopes and dreams that our grandparents, great-grandparents and those before them. We are blessed to have so many great Americans who have paved the way for us to believe in our dreams.

As we celebrate this Labor Day, I reflect on the people who built and continue to build this great nation. Labor Day is an American holiday. We are a country built on these aspirations, the aspirations we find in the hardworking Americans we meet every day and those we may never meet. With gratitude and much admiration, I say “Thank you.”

To the many volunteers and rescue works placing themselves in harm’s way this week and in the weeks to come in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, “Thank you and God bless.” There are no words to express the admiration that fills my heart for the work you do. Know that you are in our prayers.

Thank you is such a simple but meaningful phrase. I encourage you to thank hardworking Americans today and every day.


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