From all of us at Imbue Botanicals.
Today is Labor Day and this year, as opposed to last, we’re all a bit more excited about a long weekend we can share with family and friends, picnic, watch parades, visit the beach, and simply celebrate the auspicious holiday dedicated to all of us working Americans.
But this Labor Day is different than ones before. The pandemic is still claiming way too many lives and we are inundated in reminders on local and national news of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the destruction from Hurricane Ida and the devastating fires here in my home state of California. We’re reminded continually of the sacrifice that Front Line Workers, both past and present, have made… and continue to make for all of us.
As we celebrate Labor Day 2021 let us give special thanks to all those have worked so tirelessly, and sacrificed so much for our benefit. Be they fire fighters, police, military… or doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and healthcare worker still embroiled in the fight against the pandemic. Let’s all take a moment today to remember these heroes.
The history of Labor Day was forged under very difficult conditions here in the US. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning just a fraction of adult wages. In short, it was a brutal way to earn a living.
In response, American Workers began to organize and protest against the inhumane conditions. Many of these events turned violent and people died. People starting clamoring for a “workingman’s holiday” and several states passed legislation to enshrine it. But it wasn’t until 1894 and the hullabaloo over the Pullman Railroad Company firing of Union Representatives and the following violence and boycott that ensued, that Congress finally took notice. Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. To this day, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.
More than 125 years after President Grover Cleveland signed into law the act of Congress making Labor Day a National Holiday commemorating the celebration of American workers and their achievements, let us be mindful of all our Front Line Workers, both past and present. Americans have always been able to forge remarkable, history-altering moments when faced with incredible obstacles and difficulties. And from our view here at Imbue, it is our Front Line Workers that have lead the way.
From all of us at Imbue Botanicals, we wish you all Happy Labor Day, and thank you for your ongoing support. It means the world to us.
With all our best,