On Monday, Sept. 3, barbecues, parades and other events will be taking place throughout our region in honor of Labor Day. Always held on the first Monday in September, Labor Day commemorates the social and economic achievements of workers throughout our nation. It’s also the opportunity for many to celebrate having a day off. Since 1884, Labor Day has been a national holiday, and a day that should not go unnoticed. A community’s workforce is often its lifeblood. Without a workforce there is no community. We live in a world where you have to work in order to survive and thrive. A qualified workforce is what brings in industry and how downtowns and communities thrive. Citizens leave towns where there isn’t a strong workforce, because the workforce is the town. Due to the importance of not just our area’s industry, but those who help fuel those industries, Labor Day is one of those days we need to always remember. In recent years, our area has experienced hardships. Whether it’s the closing of Plant Branch or Central State Hospital, our area’s lifeblood has struggled. However, we are still standing and continue to work hard to provide a living for ourselves, our significant others, our children and other members of our family. We understand life and hardships are not always easy, and one of the most important things in life is the ability to put food on the table and a roof over the head of your loved ones. The importance of that ethic, and the perseverance of our community to ensure a good quality of life makes this day all the more important. So while you recover from the first weekend of college football and fire up the grill, remember the reason we celebrate. It’s for the hard work those in the community put in day in and day out who help our communities thrive.