Labor Day, today, for most Americans has become a traditional last-fling-of-the-summer weekend…It is much more than this conception…

Labor Day has been a national holiday since 1894. It became a holiday in recognition of those men and women who are the working segment of our nation. (Originally it was probably meant only for those who were employed in factories; to workers in the nation’s industrial development). But not today . . . the labor force today is the secretary, the farmer, the school teacher, the office manager, the executive, the fireman, the law officer, plus hundreds of others.

Today, we are concerned about the number of unemployed . . . those who want jobs and can’t find them–those who do not want jobs and aren’t looking for one–and those who can’t hold on to jobs–but at the same time, we need to appreciate and praise the millions who are one the job every day. . . on every conceivable job one can think of . . .

We need to provide education, both from books and learning to do with our hands, so that every man and woman is capable of working. Above all, we must instill in our younger generation the convincing thought that there is no shame, no stigma, no disgrace in honest labor . . . Perhaps more than anything else, we need also, all of us, young and old alike, to go back once more to the realization that a day’s pay deserves a day’s work . . .