Monday, September 3, 2007

Cheap political propagandizing

And now for something completely different... cheap political propagandizing.

Today is Labor Day, a day that most of us think of as the end of summer or just another day off. Labor Day is a day dedicated to the American worker. It was started in New York City in 1882 by the Central Labor Union and grew from there until it became a national holiday. I would like to honor this Labor Day by remembering a great American who was an advocate for labor and a great friend of the middle class and working people. A man who is sorely missed in the current time that we find ourselves in, Paul Wellstone.
On our way home from Orr on Sunday Michelle and I stopped by the Wellstone Memorial which is located just south of Evelyth, MN. The memorial is like a small park on the side of the road, with paths, benches, plaques with information on Paul, and memorial stones.

At the beginning is a engraved stone sculpture.I found it very moving. Here are some close ups so that you can read the inscription.

The Commemorative Circle is lined with memorial markers for each of the victims of the crash.
This is the stone dedicated to Paul and Sheila Wellstone.

Michelle and I kind of each went our separate way in the memorial. It was very peaceful, serene and for me very moving. I still remember very well where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news about the crash.

For more information on the memorial which I recommend that you visit if you are ever in north Minnesota check out this article from MPR http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/25_hemphills_wellstone/

To learn more about the life of Paul Wellstone check out his Wikipedia entry here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Wellstone

To find out more about the Wellstone legacy check out the Wellstone Action site.

2 comments:

George LeRoy Tirebiter said...

Man, what a loss. The nation has badly needed Wellstone the last several years. We needed someone in the Senate who would stand up for what is right and sane, someone decent and honorable. Instead, we've had the wretched Coleman.

John Mikes said...

Man, what a loss. The nation has badly needed Wellstone the last several years. We needed someone in the Senate who would stand up for what is right and sane, someone decent and honorable. Instead, we've had the wretched Coleman.