KC Labor Day Parade Recognizes Workers’ Contributions
To many Missourians, Labor Day 2009 meant more than honoring the unofficial end to summer. This year's holiday created a sense of pride for some workers, a sense of gratitude for others, and hope for those seeking re-employment.
In both the United States and Canada, Labor Day always is the first Monday in September. It was first celebrated in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of working people.
“Labor Day is a time to honor the labor force and the advancements made because of their dedication and commitment throughout the years,” said Larry Rebman, Director of the Labor Department. “Not only is Labor Day a celebration, it is a time to reflect on our history, and work toward providing better services and resources to our citizens – that is the top priority of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.”
Director Rebman addressed a group of international labor leaders from around the world, and participated in the Kansas City Labor Day Parade along with his family. Following the parade, a picnic was held at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. Approximately 8,000 people attended the parade and picnic.
Department of Labor Director, Larry Rebman, joined by his wife and two sons,
travels the parade route in a classic American car.