It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is almost here! Most of us view Labor Day as a three-day weekend that falls on the first Monday in September. It is a sign that summer has ended and fall will soon be here. But Labor Day is much more than that. It symbolizes American’s dedication towards building a better society for ourselves and for future generations. Nobody knows more about the perseverance and hard work it took to build this great country than senior citizens. So, on this Labor Day, we would like to take time to admire, respect, and share how much gratitude we owe to the generations that came before us.

According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day was instituted as a holiday by Congress on June 28, 1894. This came on the backside of the Industrial Revolution, and lead to the fair working conditions that Americans have come to expect. There is a reason that we have a minimum wage, a 40-hour work week, and a clean and safe work environment. Not every country is this fortunate, so a special thank you to those that came before us. We need to recognize not only how hard they worked to make this country great, but also the strikes, unions, and people that fought to create the work conditions we take for granted.

When you look at the big picture, our role in the workforce helps to build a bigger economic system. According to a 2018 Social Security Administration Report, the average American receives $ 1,404 per month from Social Security benefits, and over 62 million Americans receive Social Security. Without labor and a competent work force, our elderly population would struggle to survive. So, on this Labor Day, it is important to remember that labor plays a vital role in taking care of our senior citizens.

Highways, airports, and bridges we utilize were created from the taxes derived from generations before us. The military, public schools, and public transportation systems were created from taxes paid by our grandparents. So, on this Labor Day, whether you are enjoying a BBQ or just relaxing at the cabin, please take a moment to remember that our seniors worked and sacrificed to make this country what it is today. Thank you to all those that are still working, and thank you to all those that made this possible. Happy Labor Day!

Weekly Activities:

Friday, Aug. 30

Meatloaf Soup. Sandwiches: Ham-Cheese, Ham, Turkey, Corned Beef and leftovers.

• 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Cafe lunch.

Monday, Sept. 2

Center and restaurant closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Taco Salad or Chef Salad.

• 10 a.m. - Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. - Knit & Stitch.

• 12 p.m. - “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Philly Beef Sandwich/Macaroni Sandwich.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9 a.m. - Cribbage.

Thursday, Sept. 5

Meatloaf/Mashed Potatoes.

• 9:30 a.m. - Wellness Walking.

• 12 p.m. - “500” Cards.

Upcoming events:

• Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21: Fifth annual Lawrence Welk Variety Show. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., meal at 5 pm. and show starts at 6 p.m.

Meal includes: BBQ Ribs with Twice-Baked Potato, Dinner Salad, Relish Tray, Bread Baske, Peanut Butter Cup Delight, Punch, Coffee. Ticket cost is $20. Call 763-689-6555 to make reservations. Proceeds will go to buy light weight tables in Activity Room. Lawrence “Ole” will be the emcee. It’s a great show.

• Thursday, Oct. 3: Bermuda Avenue Triangle. This Broadway success concerns the adventures of a Jewish widow and an Irish widow whose respective daughters move them into a share retirement condominium in Las Vegas. They think life has passed them by, until they both fall for a charming swindler! A delicious lunch buffet is included, ticket to play and transportation is included. Cost is $55. Call 763-68-6555 for reservations. Leave at 11 a.m. from Center and return and around 4 p.m. Food is great and play is hilarious.

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