A ‘Great State’ Labor Day Tribute

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Anywhere you look in this great state, down any dirt road or gray highway, and back in our history too, you can find the little noticed but much appreciated workers who seem to make everything else possible.

You can see evidence of that work in old WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps projects still in use across Oklahoma.

It might still be possible to thank a few of the Rosies who labored to build the equipment that helped win World War II.

“We got called up here,” said one Rosie at a Tinker AFB banquet to honor them in 2003. “We made more money and we wanted to do something to help all the boys.”

Look anywhere and you can see them.

They are the shoe shiners and the store clerks, folks who show up every day with little complaint, and still singing a happy tune.

They are the unknown repairman, the waitress, the lunch lady, the greeter, the temp, the guy who gets the ice cream out of the freezer at 40 degrees below zero.

They are the farmer and the farrier, the fork lifter, the butcher, baker, and candle stick maker.

They are the odd job guy who can fix anything.

These are the people who work anonymously, who clean the floors and do other odd jobs most of us wouldn’t think of doing.

“Somebody has to do it,” said a worker cleaning out stalls at the Oklahoma State Fair. “And I enjoy it.”

But they’re there every single day making stuff, sewing stuff, driving the kids and driving the cattle too.

“We feel like it’s a tradition that’s kind of slipping away,” said an old Panhandle cowboy.

So this is a thank you to all those who go to work and do a job every day with little fanfare.

Your work makes this day possible for the rest of us.

And whether we say so or not, we appreciate it.


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