The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unfurled the largest
free-flying American flag in the world over New York’s George Washington Bridge.
The flag was hung in the upper arch of the bridge’s New Jersey tower,
meant to honor working men and women on Labor Day .
The flag is 90 feet long by 60 feet wide.
Photo credit: Mel Evans / AP
THIS ENTRY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2007.
– “Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September. The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the ‘working man’. It is still celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer for many. Labor Day became a national holiday by Act of Congress in 1894,” quoting Wikipedia.
“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country, said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation,” quoting the US Dept. of Labor website.
– “The Fourth of July commemorates our political freedom a freedom which without economic freedom is meaningless indeed.
Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom reality.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, September 6, 1936
– Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.
Read more of Reich’s astute view “The Real Lesson of Labor Day” written in 2010.
The Yelm Community Blog pauses to acknowledge all laborers worldwide this day, for through all of our toils is the world a better place!
2015 Labor Day message of note:
“On Labor Day, rebuilding the American Dream”
“This Labor Day, we want to thank Washington’s workers for their contributions to making our economy run and for all the things they do to strengthen our communities.
But as we enjoy family barbecues and end-of-summer functions, let’s take a moment to think about what really strengthens our communities and look at some policies that will help workers share in the prosperity that they create.
While corporate Washington has rebounded from the Great Recession, the economy is still out of balance for many working families.
Watching my own 20-something children and their friends struggle in today’s economy is unlike how things were when I left school to find work. Low-wage, part-time jobs are the norm today and increasingly jobs are being “Uberized” — workers are being forced into independent contractor status — where all the profits go to the employer and all the liabilities go to the worker.”
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