“Freedom is Never Free”

This quote is so very true and no one understands this reality more than our men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

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Today, as we all know, is Veterans Day. Not a day of remembering fallen soldiers as with Memorial Day, but a day of honoring all of our soldiers who toil every day, protecting this country, so that all of us can enjoy freedom and safety within our borders. As some of you may know, I’m the daughter of a career military father who retired from the Army many years ago. Every time I see a picture of a child hugging their uniformed parent before saying what could be a final goodbye, I always think of my father who, thankfully, is alive and well. In honor of my father and all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, I write this post to thank each of you for your service to this country, and I pray God’s protection and peace upon you and your families. God bless you always.

 

 

 

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Happy Labor Day

I hope all of you are enjoying a long weekend of family, food, and relaxation. Just in case you’re not up on the history of Labor Day, I thought I’d share this information from the United States Department of Labor.

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by 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.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

 

 

 

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Aw Shucks, You Picked Me?

July has been a keeper of a month for me. I can’t believe I’ve won not one, but two blog awards this month! First I was selected to receive the Honest Scrap Award by blogger extraordinaire Jewel, and then I was chosen by the queen of fun blogging, Georgiana Daniels, to receive the Superior Scribbler Award. How cool is that?

Since I just received the Superior Scribbler Award, let me share the award rules.

  1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

Now comes the hard part. From the slew of blogs I follow and enjoy reading, I have to pick five that I enjoy reading the most. This is tough…hum…let me think…okay here they are in no particular order.

  1. Sarah Salter’s blog – for spine-tingling inspiration and amazing storytelling that makes me ponder the wonders of Christ.
  2. Mary Larmoyeux’s blog – for creativity and strolls down my childhood memory lane.
  3. Georgiana Daniel’s blog – for great stories, fun, and interesting tidbits of information.
  4. Jewel’s blog – for her quirky life-observations and wittiness.
  5. Susan Reinhardt’s blog – for great book reviews and encouragement.

So there you have it. To all of the wonderful bloggers that I follow faithfully, thank you for inspiring me through your writing.

 

Honor Our Fallen Soldiers

My heart aches for every person who has lost a loved one because of war. As the daughter of a military father, I know how blessed I am to have my father with me and alive on God’s green earth. But, many today will be filled with overwhelming sadness as they face the loss of those they loved and cared about. Please know that I’ll be praying for each of you who are hurting and asking the Father to ease your pain and comfort you as only He can do. If you have a prayer request of any kind, please let me know. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to pray for you.

 

 

Happy Memorial Day and blessings to each of you.

 

 

 

 

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