Labor Day Speech

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Labor Day is a public holiday that is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It honors the workers that have made to the strength and contribution to our country. In the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon became the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. When it became an official federal holiday thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day. Labor Day is an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal for the holiday. A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their friends and families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. A resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Labor movement. Labor unions have existed in one form or another in the United States since the birth of the country. They were created in an effort to protect the working population from abuses. The National Labor Union was created in 1866 to convince

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