VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, September 4, 2017, 3:00 AM
A Day to love those who Labor
By Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village: Labor Day is upon us and it is time to be thankful for how far we have come. It is also a time to look back and think of all the fathers and mothers who worked hard long hours and who fought for decent wages and hours so they could better provide for their families.
My grandfather — as told to me by my father — worked hard long hours in the late 1890s and early 1900s and earned about $2 a day. He was a Civil War veteran. Things were so bad that my father was taken out of school in third grade at the age of 9 and had to go to work.
Truly we have come a long way due to those that paved the way to a better life for many of us today. So, this Labor Day, let’s say a prayer of thankfulness to how far we have come.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.