2016-08-31 / Editorials

Saluting Labor And Students

Though mired in controversy – from its mysterious federal founder, to Grover Cleveland’s hurried designation of holiday status after the bloody Pullman Strike of 1894 – Labor Day, the country’s unofficial end-of-summer benchmark, has since been transformed into a jovial day of celebration, both for the American workforce and for students before the long grind of the upcoming fall and winter months. American workers (especially those right here in Queens) have always been at the forefront of accomplishment and innovation, and it therefore seems only fitting that we celebrate Labor Day.

After its federal adoption, Labor Day also became associated with schoolchildren, and their final respite before the true beginning of the school year. Queens students should enjoy the long weekend as their last sliver of vacation – one last chance to fit in any missed summer opportunities.

We at the Queens Gazette would like to honor and thank all laborers of America for their (often thankless) service. We know how hard you work, and we appreciate it. In addition, we would like to extend our best wishes to children heading back to school in a few days – good luck, enjoy yourselves, and cherish this special time of learning for as long as you have it.

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