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Michiana celebrates Labor Day Holiday

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Labor Day celebrations were held across Michiana Monday.

From the Blueberry Festival Parade in Plymouth, to the Labor Day Parade in Elkhart, to fun with family at Howard Park in South Bend, folks were taking advantage of their day away from the office.

"Normally I'm at work and today my boss gave me the day off so I decided instead of just sitting at home I would come out and enjoy the park," says Sabrina Butler of South Bend.

Butler's sister,  Lolita Jackson, works for the United States Postal Service and came from Chicago to spend Labor Day with her family.

"All summer long, I've been at work and haven't had the opportunity to get outside so I get to enjoy my sister, and all these kids are my great-nephews and nieces," says Jackson.

While many took it easy on Labor Day, others still had to punch the clock, like Clay Fire Territory first responders.

They say working Labor Day is something they've grown used to. 

"Sometimes it's difficult. Sometimes we're working Christmas and those sorts of things which is a little more difficult on the family. But holidays like this, kinda just goes with the territory I'm afraid," says Clay Fire Battalion Chief, Mike Gerndt.

Gerndt says providing a public service makes it worthwhile, "I feel blessed that I'm in a position that I'm able to serve and protect the people who do have the day off."

Luckily, Monday was a quiet day for Clay Fire Territory firefighters.    

Those who had the day off say the time away reminds them of how lucky they are.

"There are a lot of people who are without jobs, so we have a lot to be thankful for. Labor Day means a lot," says Butler.

People enjoying Labor Day said they're sad to see summer come to an end, and add the weather really couldn't have been any better to celebrate the holiday outdoors.

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