Just Curious: Why do we acknowledge Labor Day?

WMAZ’s Erica Sharper hit the streets of Macon to catch up with a few of Macon's working men and women.

As we creep into Labor Day weekend, WMAZ reporter Jacob Reynolds brought up an excellent point.

He mentioned that many times, when a holiday like Labor Day or Memorial Day (for instance) rolls around, there are some who don’t quite understand what it celebrates.

So, we were “just curious” about what Labor Day is truly set aside to celebrate.

Always held on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is dedicated to the “social and economic achievements of American workers,” according to The United States Department of Labor’s website

The day acknowledges the contributions workers have made for the well-being and upkeep of the country.

WMAZ’s Erica Sharper hit the streets of Macon to catch up with a few of Macon's working men and women.

Nicole Goosby works at Navicent Health downtown as a clinical physician. She enters order for the pharmacy and ensures that patients get the medication that they need. 

"I'm actually going to the beach. I think it's supposed to rain, but we're hoping it'll hold out for at least one day." Goosby said about her plans for the weekend. 

Gerardo Rosado is a warrant officer who works at the Army Reserve Center. He takes care of logistics, operates human resources, among other tasks for the United States Army. 

As far as celebrating the holiday, Rosado says, "Well, the Mrs. and I are just taking off five days instead of the normal three and maybe going off to the mountains or something."

At Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Jasmine Johnson is there almost everyday operating the restaurant from making doughnuts to working the cash register. 

Johnson says she will be spending her Labor Day at work, but she agreed to eat a doughnut to celebrate. 

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