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August 30, 2013

Less labor expected on Labor Day

GREENVILLE — Many Hunt County residents will get a three day weekend to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

All federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed Monday, the official observance of Labor Day.

The offices of Senior Center Resources and Public Transit will be closed, as will the schools and administration offices of the Greenville Independent School District and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Post offices will be closed and there will be no mail delivery Monday.

Most banks will also be closed for the federal holiday.

The business and editorial offices of the Herald-Banner will also be closed Monday.

The tradition of taking a day to pay tribute to the American laborer dates back 130 years.

According to the United States Department of Labor Web site, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.

The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

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