Labor Day in Michigan traditionally is a day to relax with family and friends, perhaps on one of our beautiful lakes, or perhaps just spending time at home barbequing and enjoying the companionship of those we care most about. This year, if you do enjoy Labor Day at your favorite lake, take a few minutes to think about the danger that Asian Carp poses to all of our Great Lakes.
Usually Labor Day is the last chance for a holiday with family and friends before the kids head back to school, the days become shorter and Michigan's cooler months are upon us.
But the history of Labor Day is unique in Michigan. Originally established as a holiday recognizing the social and economic achievements of American workers, with Michigan's strong manufacturing history, it is one we should be very proud of.
This Labor Day, millions of working people and their families are struggling to survive in this tough economic climate. I hope you join me in offering special prayers for them and all workers, especially those without employment.
Michigan takes great pride in its working men and women. We know that we have much to be thankful for in our great state and in our nation, but we have a lot of work to do to help our families and friends and neighbors overcome these tough times. Today as we struggle as a nation to find solid economic ground, we realized especially the importance of the American worker and their value to our American way of life.
This year, no matter how you celebrate Labor Day, remember and give thanks for one of our greatest national assets - the American working man and woman.