Adjutant General’s Labor Day Message

To the Virginia National Guard, Civilian Employees, Families and Friends

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.

The first Labor Day observance was celebrated on September, 5, 1878, in New York City by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation’s first integrated major trade union. Known as the “workingmen’s holiday,” the Central Labor Union encouraged unions in other cities to adopt the observance. The state of Oregon was the first state to legally recognize the holiday in 1887, while Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday in 1894.  As famously described by Theodore Roosevelt “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is dedicated to the economic and social contributions of the American workforce and their contributions to the prosperity and strength of our great nation. As Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, we appreciate every opportunity to spend time with family and the significance of this holiday. I want to take a moment to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation for the tremendous work and incredible sacrifice of our Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen, families and the citizen workforce for everything you have done to help defend and support the ideals of freedom that we all hold so dear.

For most Americans, this holiday marks the traditional end of summer and provides opportunity for the final social gatherings and recreational activities of the season. While planning and celebrating this well-deserved break, remember the risk factors associated with holiday travels and recreational activities. Please visit the U.S. Army Safety Center website at to review detailed information on common summertime hazards.

I am honored to serve with you all.  All the best for a safe and happy Labor Day.

Daniel E. Long, Jr.
Major General, Virginia National Guard
The Adjutant General