Ditch Columbus Day? Some Places Already Have

Ditch Columbus Day? Some Places Already Have

Ditch Columbus Day? Some Places Already Have

"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", a city spokesperson said, according to the paper.

As residents of this nation, we all must reconcile with the violent past that is entombed within American history - lest we forget, only to repeat our violent indiscretions. Many schools are closed, as well as post offices and banks.

Columbus Day was first recognized as a US federal holiday in 1937, but some states (Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota) do not observe the holiday, which is widely controversial because of Columbus' treatment of indigenous people.

Wood, who's a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, wants to change the conversation about her people's history. "It's about reconciliation. It's about trying to bring people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different races together", said Republican Sen.

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"We've talked about Lee and Jackson extensively, but we've never talked about George Rogers Clark and Lewis and Clark with Sacagawea cowering in the background", Wood said.

The City of Lincoln does not recognize Columbus Day as a legal holiday so city offices will remain open.

An organizer of the local Italian-American Festival says it's an obvious attempt to be politically correct, and a missed opportunity.

The Los Angeles City Council voted previous year to eliminate Columbus Day as an official city holiday and replace it with the new holiday on the second Monday in October. "In the fourth grade you learn that Columbus sailed the seas blue and made this great discovery". "We thought it was important to honor them with that day off".

While the inclusion or omission of indigenous people from such presidential proclamations has become a partisan issue - George W Bush did not, while Barack Obama and Bill Clinton both did - the observance of Columbus Day has declined around the country.

Although Spain sponsored his voyage, Columbus was, in fact, a proud citizen of the Italian City of Genoa. "We had a very hard time in this country for well over a hundred years", Basil Russo of the Order of Italian Sons and Daughters of America told The Associated Press.

More and more of the present-day United States is realizing that Columbus isn't the hero that gradeschool texts once told of.

National parks: The National Park Service is open on Columbus Day. No movement has coalesced in Congress to rethink the public holiday, which was popularized by Franklin D. Roosevelt and later fixed to the second Monday in October by a 1968 law.

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