R 021200Z SEP 21
MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/LABOR DAY MESSAGE 2021//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. The establishment of Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 culminated decades of efforts to improve conditions and recognize the many contributions of the American worker. On the back of the Industrial Revolution, this new holiday represented an official acknowledgement that it was the hard work and ingenuity of everyday workers that drove our Nation to success and prosperity.
2. As we celebrate Labor Day this year, we find ourselves a year and a half into another challenging period in our Nation’s history. The current health crisis has strained our workforce and compelled people to adapt and overcome. This Labor Day, let us recognize all the men and women who continue working hard, in some cases even putting their own health at risk, to keep our Nation thriving. We appreciate all of the American workers who continue to embody the spirit, ingenuity, and adaptability that make our Nation great.
3. Labor Day also generally marks the unofficial end of summer and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Remember as you are celebrating that you are our greatest asset. We expect all our Marines to take precautions to stay healthy and ready to answer when our Nation calls.
4. Enjoy the holiday, be safe, and take care of each other.
5. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.