Importance of Labor Day


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MASON CITY, Iowa – For some, the Labor Day holiday serves as simply an extended weekend, but for others, it’s a break for the hard workers of our area.

Around the country, many stores, shops and offices are closed in respect of the labor day holiday.

A celebration in honor of the working men and woman of our country.

While some gather with friends and family, others say it’s a holiday that means a lot to the communities they represent and work for.

“Whether it’s the cement workers or the brick and tile folks or the people at the railroad or the folks from Decker’s. They built this community and this economy and today is a day that we honor them,” said Mayor Eric Bookmeyer of Mason City.

With years of the country’s unemployment rates hovering around eight percent, workforce officials say Labor Day is a time of appreciation for those who have held on to a job.

“When we honor the folks that built America, we honor them in two ways. One of them is fellowship with our friends and family and have a panic and embrace our families. The other way is that there’s a lot of enterprise that goes on, a lot of sales. I think that’s honoring our workers as well,” said Bookmeyer.

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