There is no Hallmark card for this day, and that's okay; the average tradesman doesn’t expect a pat on the back for doing his job. But he deserves one for sure, because not a day goes by that we don’t make use of something he (or she) built or maintains.

Think about it. You drive to work in a car or truck maintained by mechanics on roads built by equipment operators. When you arrive you enter a structure that wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the carpenters, plumbers, and electricians who built it. If you stop for groceries on the way home you’re in a store that’s kept warm by HVAC mechanics to buy food that’s kept cold by Refrigeration Techs. And when you get home at the end of the day you park on a driveway a concrete finisher made, walk up steps laid by a mason, and eat in a kitchen a cabinet maker built. I’m leaving a lot of folks out – but you get the picture.

National Tradesmen Day was created by Irwin Tool to honour the hardworking tradesmen who make modern life possible. It takes place this year on September 20 and will be celebrated at a number of company-sponsored events.

It’s not an official government holiday – but maybe it should be. If that ever happens, maybe Hallmark can print some cards.