AUBURN | Workers who have suffered at the workplace were honored Monday afternoon at Hoopes Park.

Government officials held a formal commemoration of Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember those workers who have died, been disabled, injured or made sick at the workplace. The celebration came one day after it was officially recognized nationwide.

Attendees at the Auburn event included U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, Mayor Michael Quill and Cayuga Central Labor Council President Dave Arnold.

Maffei said it is important to remember those who lose their lives in the workplace even though the work they do does not always get recognized.

"All the work that they do is honorable," Maffei said. "Without them, we would not have this country."

Quill echoed Maffei's sentiments, saying that it is important to recognize these workers for the work they do with protective laws.

"They do this work every day not expecting anything in return," he said. "It's our obligation, as government officials, to make sure they are safe."

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at CitizenMason.

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