After the devastation in multiple states caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the resulting weeks and months that utility linemen worked tirelessly to restore power, Congress decided that these workers needed a special day. Both the House and Senate passed resolutions (House Resolution 25 and Senate Resolution 95) designating April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The resolutions read:
“Recognizing Linemen, the profession of Linemen, and the contributions of these brave men and women to protect public safety, and expressing support for designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
“Whereas the profession of Linemen is steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition;
“Whereas Linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events where these brave men and women work to make the scene safe for the other public safety heroes;
“Whereas Linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing;
“Whereas Linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the Nation’s energy infrastructure;
“Whereas Linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition or appreciation from the community regarding the danger of their work; and;
“Whereas April 18, 2013, would be an appropriate date to designate as National Lineman Appreciation Day;
“Now therefore, be it resolved that the (House of Representatives—Senate):
“1 – recognize the efforts of Linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety, and
“2 – support the designation of National Lineman Appreciation Day.”
While no national organization has taken “ownership” of this holiday, and, as such, there is no official website to announce and publicize the holiday every year, many of the nation’s utilities have made it a point to find ways to celebrate the event every year, promoting it on their websites, and often encouraging members of the public to “thank a lineman,” either in person or on social media. Some are also honoring their hardworking local linemen at events such as celebratory lunches.
This year, the holiday is Sunday, April 18.