Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire, a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker.

The date chosen was simply “convenient,” because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.  Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season—and the start of the school year for many.

As we look ahead to the holiday weekend, most municipalities are encouraging residents to continue to keep their distance, limit the size of social gatherings and wear a mask.

Please remember to check on your elderly family members and neighbors – try to include them in activities, to enjoy being with others in the last days of summer, even if it’s just via telephone, Face Time or Zoom! This small action might mean the world for other seniors who are alone for the holidays.