|Lura Grey Treadway, GrannyT. 2nd from Left, Top Row|
Annie Gorley Treadway, Pop's Mother, 2nd from Right, Top Row
William Gorley Treadway "Pop" Far Right, Bottom Row
Watermelon Time 1904
And so it is that I look back at a long line of hard working men and women who worked at a time when there were few laws protecting them from injury and getting a good wage was fraught with difficulties, too. Some of these people were union members, others were not. Without question, all were people who knew the meaning of work and didn't shy away from hard labor. They helped build this country we live in today and I look with pride back on their contribution whether it was working in hot, dirty jobs , walking up and down the corridors of a hospital or crusading for higher wages and better benefits for the working people across the United States.
Today is Labor Day. It has become a day to drag out the bar-b-que grill and ice down some drinks, make potato salad and relax on the patio. It is often a day off for those who are employed in all the various occupations that it takes to make our country function. Let us not forget that it is our kinfolk that built the workforce of yesteryear and the workers of today who build the cars, deliver the mail, teach the young, care for the sick and pave our roads. It will be the generation growing up now that will move this country on through the 21st century and into the next.
We owe our gratitude to those who came before us and made it possible for many of us to have a better standard of living and hope for a better life style. While you're grilling those burgers and eating that potato salad, please take a few moments to remember your heritage and the people who brought us this far and thank the ones who are going to take us forward for many more years.
Happy Labor Day 2012! (A proud American tradition since 1882)