Friday at 11:30 a.m., citizens, local workers, officials and faith leaders will gather at Johnson Park for a ‘Workers Memorial Day’ ceremony to honor those workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries on the job in Indiana this past year.
In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be held at Boonville City Hall.
The public is welcome to attend.
The ceremony is held to keep in everyone’s thoughts the safeguards people have fought for to keep workers safe.
Boonville Mayor Charles R. Wyatt says, “Since the job safety laws were passed more than four decades ago, we’ve made great progress in making workplaces safer and protecting workers. Our efforts to increase these safeguards have resulted in fewer workers being killed on the job. Certainly, we have not achieved our goal as citizens continue to lose their lives in Indiana since last Worker’s Memorial Day. We must continue to strive for workplace safety, it should be a right for every worker. Our hardworking men and women dedicate themselves to their jobs every day and they deserve to return home safely to their loved ones at the end of their work day. We must continue to press for worker protections, and therefore we are commemorating this day. Working people deserve respectable and safe jobs.”
(This story was originally published on April 27, 2018)