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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Established in 1894, Labor Day is an outcome of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. As you contemplate your activities for this upcoming holiday weekend, please take a moment to reflect on all who have worked to achieve the prosperity and opportunity our great nation provides.
2. Labor Day weekend is too often spoiled by mishaps. Practicing risk management concepts on-and-off duty is a sure way to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend. If your plan includes drinking alcohol, do so responsibly and under no circumstance should a Marine or Sailor drink and drive.
3. Even with advanced safety features, driving or riding is still the most dangerous activity most Americans face and it's the leading killer of Marines. The National Safety Council estimates 421 people may be killed and another 48,400 may be seriously injured in car crashes over the three-day holiday period. Let's not be a part of that statistic. If you plan to travel, prepare yourself, your family, and your vehicle for the trip. Map your route; allow extra time to account for the increased traffic volume and stop periodically to rest. Be aware of the potential hazards, and drive sensibly and defensively, use your safety belt and insist that your passengers use theirs. The majority of these deaths might have been averted if drivers avoided the deadly combination of alcohol, fatigue, speed, distraction and failing to buckle up.
4. Take care of yourself, your family and those on your flanks. Remember, no Marine or Sailor serves alone – we're all in this Corps together. Protect What You've Earned.
5. Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//