Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What does Labor Day mean to you?

Below is my monthly message for the September 2018 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

End of summer bbq, anyone?
(Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash)
Happy Labor Day weekend!

What does Labor Day mean to you?

For many, it is viewed as the end of summer as students head back to class.

For others, its one of the last chances to take a vacation, with more than 800,000 Washington area residents traveling 50 miles or more this weekend.

Some view it as a weekend for shopping. From end-of-season sales to routine household necessities, this is considered a big retail holiday.

In fact, Labor Day originated in 1882 in New York City with a picnic and demonstration by the Central Labor Union to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. It rapidly grew across 30 states when an act of Congress in 1894 made it a federal holiday to recognize and appreciate the efforts of our workforce.

On this Labor Day weekend, I’d like to thank each of you at MedStar for your dedication. MedStar continues our commitment to advance the health of our community through your work and achievements each day. None of our great work would be possible without YOU and for that, thank you!


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