Celebrating Labor Day, for many of us, means spending time with family and friends at picnics and taking road trips. However, the day really serves to commemorate the social and economic achievements of American workers, whose efforts have secured and continue to maintain this country’s strength and prosperity. While the modern expression of Labor Day has changed, the meaning has not. The day is still a tribute dedicated to the American worker.

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September every year and first began on September 5, 1882. Soon, the unofficial holiday spread to towns and cities throughout all 50 states. In 1894, Congress passed an act officially designating the first Monday in September as a legal national holiday. The United States has the highest standard of living in the world thanks to the contributions of past and present workers.

However you choose to celebrate Labor Day this year, keep in mind the Missouri workers who have made it their daily goal to make a living in a way that impacts our state. From farmers and ranchers to grocery store stockers, from construction workers to bus drivers, anything on the shelves and anything that exists to make Missouri a better place to live, work and do business can be attributed to the efforts of a Missouri worker, yesterday and for tomorrow. Take pride in our state this Labor Day.

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