Councilwoman Sexton Smith asks everyone to honor “Workers’ Memorial Day”

April 28, 2020

Louisville – April 28th is a special day of remembrance throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States.

“Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health. It is also a time to promote campaigns in the fight for improvements in workplace safety,” said Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4), “I ask everyone to take a moment and remember those who lost their lives serving others whilst working to provide for themselves and their families. Remember the dead – Fight for the living.”

In 1989, the AFL-CIO declared April 28 "Workers' Memorial Day" to honor the hundreds of thousands of working people killed and injured on the job every year. April 28 is the anniversary of the date the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 went into effect, and when the Occupational Health and Safety Administration was formed - April 28, 1971.

Sexton Smith offers these words of encouragement, “Let us each find something to be grateful for today and as we remember those who have gone before us, remember, no one is an island entire to himself, each is a part of the main. Everyone’s death diminishes me so do not send to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

The Councilwoman also asked everyone to keep in mind the dedicated workers both public and private, men and women, who are on the front lines fighting the COVID 19 virus.