Enjoy your Labor Day, you've earned it

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  • By Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
  • 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Military members can have a very demanding schedule. Most work a minimum of eight hours a day, five days a week, and all are on call 24-hours a day seven days a week. Time off is good for morale and health, and the upcoming four day weekend is dedicated to Americans who's hard work and dedication make this country what it is today.

Labor Day is a federal holiday dedicated to the social and economic advancements of the American work force. Here on D-M, most Airmen and families will celebrate by taking Friday, Aug. 31, and Monday Sept. 3, off from work. Air Combat Command mandated down days such as these are called "family days" because they give Airmen extended time to spend with their loved ones on holidays.

"Airmen should see Labor day weekend as not just time off," said Staff Sgt. Matthew Powell, 355th Communications Squadron client service technician. "They should see it as a thank you for all the hard work we do every day in the world's greatest Air Force."

During these down days, most offices will be closed on D-M.

"Our service requires its members to exhibit a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice to ensure our mission success," said Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Anthony, 355th Medical Group first sergeant. "With everything the D-M Airmen have accomplished this year they have clearly earned a few days off. I want everyone to enjoy it and come back to us safe and sound. We can't continue to be the best installation in the United States Air Force without each and every one of you."

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:

As our Nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all Airmen for your dedicated service and hard work every day of the year. While many of you enjoy a well-earned break to celebrate the last holiday of the summer season, we urge you to plan your activities with care and to make smart decisions that will keep you, your family, and your friends safe.

The first Labor Day was celebrated at the union level September 5, 1882, in New York City, by the Central Labor Union. The observance continued to grow in popularity until the House Committee on Labor made it a federal holiday in 1894.