ESC STUDENT ART CONTEST WINNER
ESC used this drawing by Lindsay Bridges of Rockingham County
to illustrate the Workers Memorial Day program and poster.
The State of North Carolina’s Workers Memorial Day observance,
sponsored by the Employment Security Commission of
North Carolina, took place on April 28 at the ESC
Courtyard in Raleigh, NC. All 50 states and more than 100 countries observe
Workers Memorial Day.
“Workers Memorial Day is a time for us to reflect on the safety and well-being of our greatest resource—North Carolina’s workers,” said ESC Chairman Harry E. Payne, Jr. “Our theme for this year is ‘Safety Saves ... lives, time, jobs and money.’ Without healthy workers and safe work places, our state’s economy suffers.”
The following interfaith prayer from the ESC’s
Workers Memorial Day program reflects the solemnity of the occasion:
INTERFAITH RESPONSIVE PRAYER
LEADER: We remember in thought and prayer those who have died from injuries or
accidents in the workplace. We
share with their loved ones the loss of family members, friends and colleagues.
ALL: We pray for those who have been injured on the job and feel forgotten
LEADER: We pray for those who are in physical pain and emotional distress because
of workplace injuries.
ALL: We pray for more effective health and safety laws and their enforcement.
LEADER: We pray for stricter health and safety standards to protect workers
from hazardous substances, dangerous conditions and unsafe behavior in the
ALL: We pray that our legislators and elected officials will be sensitive to
those who are especially vulnerable in the workplace and respond to the cause of
health and safety on the job and justice in the community.
LEADER: We pray for our President, government and military leaders; our troops on
the ground, in the air and on the sea; engaged in the noble effort to protect
the health and safety of this nation and its citizens.
ALL: We remember the military and civilian personnel who gave their lives in
the war against Iraq. We pray for
their families and loved ones. We
pray for those who are still missing, and for their dear ones who anxiously wait
to hear of their welfare. We pray
for the wounded in body, soul and spirit.
LEADER: We pray that employers, workers and regulatory authorities will
courageously address workplace safety issues and
compassionately respond to the injured and the families of the deceased.
ALL: Let us continue to recognize the many people whose work is a blessing.
Let us continue to challenge those in leadership to act with courage and
integrity. May we learn from the
losses and pain of the past, the absolute necessity of working cooperatively to
create a safer work place for all people, where the rights and dignity of all
workers are held in the highest esteem. And
as we pray for the health and safety of workers, let us also pray for a
healthier, safer and more peaceful world.
The following poem, “In Memory of the Fallen” by the Rev. Ian Lawton, is reprinted
from the ESC’s Workers Memorial Day program:
IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN
By Rev. Ian Lawton
We remember those we have lost with great
They gave much to the world; as individuals,
family members, friends and work colleagues.
We remember their families in their enormous
For those who have died at work building a
better place for the rest of us.
Those who died while constructing our
buildings and expressways, hospitals and schools.
For those who have died young and innocent,
victims of avoidable accidents.
May we learn from this loss, honor the
memory of those lost
and work towards a safer work place for all
Where the rights and dignity of all workers are upheld above all else.