It's nice to end the first week of class with a long weekend. Even though summer weather lingers in Texas for a few more weeks, most of us think of Labor Day as marking the end of summer. Labor Day is our last chance to get out on the lake, barbeque, and get together with friends.
Labor Day was first designated over 100 years ago as a celebration of American workers. The first Monday in September, Labor Day 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. " (taken from the U.S. Department of Labor in the 21st Century website)
To learn more about "Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means" go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm