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We Asked: What Puts The "Labor" In Labor Day?

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As many of us took the weekend to enjoy friends and family, there's a reason why our nation celebrates the labor of so many Americans today. As many of us took the weekend to enjoy friends and family, there's a reason why our nation celebrates the labor of so many Americans today.
PROSSER, WA - As many of us took the weekend to enjoy friends and family, there's a reason why our nation celebrates the labor of so many Americans today.

A refresher for those that need it: Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every September in the U.S. as a tribute to the contributions made by workers to the strength of our nation. Out at the Prosser States Day parade we asked some people who are “more experienced” how they celebrated Labor Days past.

"By coming to Prosser and going to the city park and going to what was the famous tennis court and seeing all the flags around of each and every state," said Dick Olsen, who grew up in Prosser.

In his city it's a day to celebrate where we all come from. Each state is represented in some way. As a nation, it's celebrating the combined efforts of so many people that make our work productive and for the better of our country.

"The food that hits the family table does not come from Safeway. It comes from the farm," said Olsen proudly as he stood among many farmers that make up his community. "If it wasn't for everyone who labors, none of that food would get to the store."

"I think it's an American tradition so why not continue it?" explained Irene Aguilera who serves in the U.S. Army.

Aguilera says she sees positive work not only in how military men and women labor every day to protect our country, but even in the smallest jobs back home that keep us going.

"This country was built on itself. Everybody plays a huge role, whether you're serving the military or just working in a cafeteria somewhere. You make society the way it is."

So maybe we don't need a refresher? Maybe the work is plain to see? Although, these days it's sometimes hard to see the value behind hard labor.

“Perhaps we've lost that, but perhaps not. Isn't a holiday a time for celebration?” said Olsen. “If you call it Labor Day it kind of gives you an idea what it's all about."

So while it's always nice to have an extra day thrown into your weekend, it's nice to know the meaning behind the holiday isn't lost on some of our hardworking locals. 
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