WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Labor Day message to the fleet Aug. 27.
"Shipmates and Navy families,
For 130 years, our great nation has celebrated Labor Day, the "workingmen's holiday" as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers; those workers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path.
Labor Day weekend is also seen as the last 'hooyah' before the end of summer ... a long weekend filled with various outdoor activities or one final road trip with the kids before school starts. Whatever your Labor Day plans happen to involve, be sure your holiday weekend includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note.
In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one during recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. Let's not see the number rise this Labor Day weekend. You and your families are important to the Navy and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor or family member is unacceptable, and in most cases preventable with proper planning.
As you enjoy time off with family and friends this holiday weekend, keep in mind our Shipmates who are deployed and in harm's way. Their labor of keeping the watch for the safety and security of our nation is one we all share. It's because of you that Americans can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dearly. Thank you, Shipmates, for your continued service and dedication to our great Navy and nation.
Stay focused; stay alert; stay safe and let's bring this summer to a close with zero fatalities or injuries. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and Hooyah!
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