|08-30-2012, 07:41 PM||#1|
Drives: Pedders USA Camaro Justice
Join Date: Jun 2007
LABOR DAY: Fanfare for the Common Man
We were going to have a Labor Day Sale, but I felt I had to make a statement about working men and women that deserves our collective attention this weekend. I wasn't sure where to put it. Here is my statement. The sale takes a distant second place to my thoughts and feelings about Labor Day and the Common Man.
Please press the play button before reading further and listen to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
I grew up in a family of common men. These are the common men of the Greatest Generation where the common man was an extraordinary man. When we sat down for the holidays, every man at the table worked in a steel mill, as an iron worker, the railroad or carpenter. I worked in the mills and as an apprentice iron worker to pay for college. The men that had so much influence on my life, the men I respect so much are all blue collar common men. I own a business and hope that the elders of my family see me as a blue collar common man.
Pete (my Dad)
Uncle Nick M
Uncle Nick B
These men taught me dignity and grace in the face of hardships. They saw the rise and fall of the steel industry in South Chicago. They walked the picket line as union men when all they were asking for was minimal work place safety. They took care of their families in good times and bad. They served our country in two wars and never talked about their heroics. They were no more and no less than blue collar common men.
That is lost today. Labor Day is not the end of summer celebration. Labor Day is the day we honor the common man and woman that are the backbone of our country and the source of our strength. We don't hear about this on the nightly news. I am not sure that many understand the dignity of hard work or the satisfaction of a job well done. In fact, I think the opposite is true. We look down on the common man. That is wrong for more reasons than I can count. On this Labor Day we are celebrating the Blue Collar Common Men and Women that I hold in high esteem.
I thank God for the gifts that he gave me in these role models and for the millions of blue collar common men and women that are of my past, present and future generations. God Bless Them All.
All Pedders Products are 10% OFF and will Ship Free from now through Labor Day. Our on-line prices will not change. To take advantage of the LABOR DAY: Fanfare for the Common Man specials. I ask that you enter the name of one of my mentors in the notes section of your order. Your order will then be processed at 10% OFF with Free Shipping.
With all the unemployed and under-employed people working to find a more secure place I wanted to let them know that not only do we think about them, we care for and respect them. That may sound strange from a company that makes premium products or as some would say aspirational products. To us it isn't at all strange. No matter where life takes us, no matter where life takes me, I will always see myself as a blue collar common man. Having you enter the name of my mentors helps connect all of us to not who we are, but who we should be.
Henry A. Wallace 'The Century of the Common Man'
On May 8, 1942, Wallace delivered his most famous speech, which became known by the phrase "Century of the Common Man" to the Free World Association in New York City. This speech, grounded in Christian references, laid out a positive vision for the war beyond the simple defeat of the Nazis. The speech, and the book of the same name which appeared the following year, proved quite popular, but it earned him enemies among the Democratic leadership, among important allied leaders like Winston Churchill, and among business leaders and conservatives.
Aaron Copland 'Fanfare for the Common Man'
Copland, in his autobiography, wrote of the request: "Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, had written to me at the end of August about an idea he wanted to put into action for the 1942-43 concert season. During World War I he had asked British composers for a fanfare to begin each orchestral concert. It had been so successful that he thought to repeat the procedure in World War II with American composers". A total of 18 fanfares were written at Goossens' behest, but Copland's is the only one which remains in the standard repertoire.
|08-30-2012, 11:44 PM||#2|
Evil Pedders Guy Since 06
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Silas Deane Auto, CT Name: Rob Anderson
Great post Pete, thank you.
The 10% is active on our website, as well as the Free Shipping
Both are valid until Labor Day at Midnight.
This is active on both the parts, and kits.