For many of us (OK, all of us), Labor Day is all about celebrating the final days of summer, kicking back with friends and enjoying one of our last outdoor barbecues of the season. It’s about taking one more road trip before the freedom of warm weather ends, hitting the beach or just relaxing at home before going back to school or work. (And we can’t forget all those great Labor Day sales.)
That’s all fine and good (and we love it all), but sometimes we forget what the real meaning of Labor Day is. The true intention of Labor Day is to recognize the contributions made by laborers to the United States.
This year, while you’re having a blast outdoors, take a moment to celebrate all of the hard work that makes our country what it is with these inspirational quotes.
Originally published September 2015. Updated August 2017.