(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington celebrated Workers' Memorial Day by dedicating the latest in a series of development efforts to turn Building and Trades Park into a memorial for local workers, particularly those who have been injured or killed on the job.
Workers' Memorial Day celebrated each year on April 28, is a national remembrance of laborers who have died and the founding of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Mayor Mark Kruzan addressed a crowd Monday night at the park, just off Second and Rogers streets. T this year, the event was marked with the unveiling of an interpretive sign depicting various trades, explains the history of local industrial workers, the quarry that was home of the now park and the surrounding Prospect Hill Neighborhood.
Two 2,500-pound limestone benches carved by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs were also placed in the park. One bench is inscribed with "In honor of all workers" and the other reads "To good neighbors," a testament to the community of unions and residents that have developed Building and Trades Park.
For the unveiling, the White River Central Labor Council of AFL-CIO and the neighborhood association brought in Kruzan, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Director Mick Renneisen and Ron Simko from the Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission.
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