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.”
By 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.
Labor Day 2016
* “Labor Day 2016: Moderate Progress in Last Year”
By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed
* “How Much Will the War On Unions Cost You This Labor Day?”
By Richard (RJ) Eskow, writer and editor for the Bernie 2016 campaign, senior fellow with the Campaign for America’s Future and the host of The Zero Hour, a weekly radio program.
* “Union members celebrate with Labor Day picnic”
“About 500 people were expected for the annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, sponsored by the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council. This year it was at Tumwater Historical Park,” by Jerre Redecker, The Olympian.
The Yelm Community Blog pauses to acknowledge all laborers worldwide this day, for through all of our toils is the world a better place!
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