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Remembering Labor Day weekends past

Ed Townsend
Posted 9/7/21

Remembering those long Labor Day weekends of the past when everyone tried their best to crowd those past summer months into four days in the mountains of Sullivan County.

Route 17 had traffic …

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Remembering those long Labor Day weekends of the past when everyone tried their best to crowd those past summer months into four days in the mountains of Sullivan County.

Route 17 had traffic headaches that we all dealt with because the dollars made this weekend carried the economy through many winter months.

We also remember celebrating Labor Day with parades, picnics and parties.

The family took this weekend as the last camping weekend of the year so it was off to our favorite campsite.

Many Americans suggested that the day should be observed with a street parade to exhibit the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation of the workers and their families.

And with this holiday there were speeches by prominent men and women as emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday.

Back in the early 1900’s the American Federation of Labor convention adopted a resolution that the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

It’s sad but we as a country sometimes forget that American Labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known.

We look at labor today and along with the look there is some head shaking which might ask did labor somehow take a wrong turn in the road?

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