BAXTER SPRINGS — Each Labor Day our nation's strength, freedom, and leadership is celebrated by people who have contributed unselfishly to America's continued success – the American workers.

The American worker comes from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and social classes. Kyle Ogle, 24, Baxter Springs, Kansas, is one American worker who grabs all he can out of life, and enjoys himself while doing it.

Working as an assistant in the meat department of Marvin's IGA Food Stores in Baxter Springs, Ogle continues the skills he learned working as a butcher for four years in a previous job. However, Ogle isn't limiting his options and possibilities.

“I really like the people I work with here,” said Ogle. “I'm grateful and glad to have learned how to be a meat cutter, but I am always open to other opportunities.”

Graduating from Baxter Springs High School in 2006, Ogle has lived in Baxter Springs his entire life, and lives with his father, Leland Ogle, in the house where he was raised.

Like many of his fellow Americans, Ogle does not limit himself to one job. Along with working in the Marvin's meat department, he plays in three separate bands.

His and, “Tragic Prelude,” plays alternative bluegrass, with Ogle on the upright bass. The band plays at local area events. Nineties rock music is played by his band, “Bill and Monica's Excellent Adventure,” (Clinton and Lewinsky), and is featured every other Tuesday at the local Red Ball Bar and Grill located on West 5th Street, Baxter Springs.

Also featured at the Red Ball Bar and Grill is his band, “Spontaneous Funk,” featuring blues, and music by Jimmy Hendrix and ZZ Top. Ogle sings and continues on the upright bass.

The first Labor Day was created for people a lot like Ogle – to give workers a day of rest and to honor them for their contributions to our society. Working days at the grocery store and evenings at the grill, Ogle could benefit from the founder's philosophy.

Tuesday, September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day celebration was held in New York City. Matthew Maguire, the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists, proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

President Cleveland declared it a national holiday to appeal to the unions.

In 1884, the First Monday in September was selected as the holiday, and the day became known as a “working man's holiday.” A blueprint of the day's activities was actually adopted, which included a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the workers and their families. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later.

As for Kyle Ogle, he plans on continuing working as a meat cutter and assistant, to enable him to continue working at his favorite job, playing music.