Too seldom do we appreciate America’s tradesmen. The guys who show up when the toilet is overflowing, or the A/C quit on a 100-degrees day, or the rain is pouring through the kitchen ceiling. When do we say “Thanks” to the tradesmen who build America and keep it running? This year, September 16th is the firstNational Tradesmen Day. And everyone can participate.
I respect America’s tradesmen - the men and women who work with their hands. They build our homes, roads, businesses and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation - and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition.
National Tradesmen Day, to be held each year on the third Friday in September, should become a day when each one of us pauses to thank a tradesman. Whether an auto mechanic, roofer, bricklayer, plumber, electrician or carpenter - for their efforts, I am eternally grateful.
Let’s celebrate National Tradesmen Day with dignity and fun. Perhaps we visit our local elementary school and explain how a job in a skilled trade is a solid, decent and admirable way to support a family. Or drop a box of doughnuts off at a jobsite.
To work with one’s hands - to build something - always has been and always should be commendable. Today, we make it official. Thank you, America’s Tradesmen!
For more information about National Tradesmen Day, visit:www.nationaltradesmenday.com.
- Ross Porter, President IRWIN Tools, Huntersville, NC