As I look at these photos from the 1970s and 80s, I am humbled by the strength and courage of these workers. They went to work every day in a dirty and dangerous environment to support their families, to give them a better life. But there was pride, too, and honor and self-respect.
Perhaps our country failed to appreciate the contributions of people like these workers. Perhaps we forgot the value of their labors, and let something of value slip away. But on this Labor Day weekend, let us pause to remember the hardworking people who are the foundation of our nation. And thank them.