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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The weather couldn't have been nicer for residents to enjoy the traditional Labor Day Parade in Kansas City.

This year's parade featured hundreds of floats, trucks, construction equipment and cars galore.

The parade also featured a common theme - celebrating and honoring working Americans.

"I mean, if you look around, American workers have built, made, and kept America free for 200 years," said Pat Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.

"Today, we thank and celebrate those workers," Dujakovich said.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James was also in attendance, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and praising America's workers.

James listed some of the many accomplishments of organized labor.

"Labor has brought about living wages for people and healthcare for people," James pointed out. "It supplied us jobs, unity, and people who care and understand the trials and tribulations of being a worker in this country today."

Monday's parade also included a special tribute to workers who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

While Americans obviously think of the first responders who lost their lives on that horrible day, parade organizers say there were a lot of other victims too.

"There were electricians, carpenters, and office workers," Dujakovich said. "We say we'll never forget, but we want to make sure we don't."

Workers handed out American-made flags to everyone who lined the streets of downtown Kansas City in support of America and the American workers.

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