This Labor Day, we honor the workers who contribute so much to improve the lives of Arkansans and our country as a whole. We dedicate Labor Day to all the educators, postal workers, administrators, clergy, police officers, fire fighters, government workers and public servants. We are thankful for the small businesses, farmers, laborers, and manufacturers who give of themselves day in and day out to ensure that we are safe and that our country runs smoothly. During these tough economic times we realize more than ever the importance of hard working people in this country. We do not take for granted the sacrifices that many Arkansas workers endure to make sure that we prosper as a state. Thank you to all the workers whose strength, hard work and dedication allows us to prosper as a state and as a country.
While I visited with and met so many of these hard working people this past weekend at events like the Wrightsville Day Parade, the Clinton Chuckwagon Races, and the Labor Day picnic at the Governor's mansion, it is so important that we recognize them and so many others for the contributions that they make daily.
Also this past weekend, we lost one of our heroes Mr. Jefferson Thomas. Thomas was one of nine African American students who desegregated Central High School in 1957.
We honor his extraordinary courage, bravery and strength. Mr. Thomas paved the way for equality and justice for all Americans. Because of his relentless quest for justice, today, we celebrate his life. It is with great gratitude and appreciation for his unselfish acts that we salute his life. Jefferson Thomas will forever be a part of Arkansas's rich history and his legacy will live on forever.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
We are forever grateful.