By Scott Arney, CEO, Chicago Patrolmen's Federal Credit Union
Every holiday gives us an opportunity to celebrate or honor someone or something.
According to a quick Google search, Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a national tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
So many Americans think about Labor Day as the last weekend of the summer. The holiday that provides us the opportunity to get in one last barbecue, one last trip to the beach, or just one last day of leisure before our focus switches back to school, work, and the upcoming holidays. While I am fully aware of the meaning of this holiday, I, like so many, have often personalized its meaning as it relates to me and my family.
With this context in mind, I find it ironic that the people I would most like to thank and celebrate for their contributions to the prosperity and well-being of our society will most likely be working while I relax and enjoy time with my family.
There have no doubt been many, many wonderful contributions made by a multitude of workers in every facet of business and industry throughout America, but I would argue that no greater contributions have been made than by those of our Armed Forces and our Law Enforcement Officers.
So, the very people who are at the center of what we will be celebrating will be working on Labor Day. Why? Because the fact that the rest of us will not be working increases terror threats from around the world and increases the chances that crimes will occur. Our military will be busy protecting us from terrorists and our police officers will have their hands full protecting us from each other.
I have met enough military personnel and count enough police officers as my friends to know that they don’t even give it a second thought. They knew the drill when they signed up. They took their oaths and embraced their responsibilities and they would not have it any other way.
They will go about their business so that we can step away from ours. Their families will spend the day without them while we get an extra day with ours.
In the spirit of Labor Day, the least we can do is thank them.