Cities Continue The Push To Replace Columbus Day

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Columbus Day has been officially celebrated since 1937 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a Federal Holiday.

Offices in Columbus, Ohio, will remain open Monday and close on Veterans Day instead. Well, schools and post offices are closed on Columbus Day, as are most banks.

All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.

Traditionally, Columbus Day marks the explorer's arrival to America on October 12, 1492. And, while many businesses recognize Columbus Day, not all of them observe it, and they remain open.

Dozens of other cities and entire states, including Minnesota, Alaska, Vermont and OR, have also replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases. Of note, in Hawaii the second Monday in October is known as Discoverers' Day, and it is not a state holiday.

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

But it became the subject of protests a year ago over Columbus's enslavement of native people, with the protest's organizer supporting renaming the city itself.

Last year, Los Angeles became the biggest city to stop honoring Columbus.

National parks: The National Park Service is open on Columbus Day.

"Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans", Trump tweeted.

"We wanted to be able to honor our veterans", Davis told the Columbus Dispatch.

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"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights", Obama's statement said, "let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

In the late 1970s, activists introduced the idea of replacing Columbus Day with one celebrating indigenous peoples.

While Columbus Day is still a holiday, there are some states that do not celebrate or acknowledge the day.

A search through the social media accounts and web pages of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and several city council members found no mention of the change on Monday. The one that stands outside City Hall arrived as a gift in 1955 from Genoa, Italy, believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. "Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, celebrate Italians and indigenous both".

Throughout the years, Columbus Day has generated controversy and alternatives to the holiday have been proposed.

"Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity".

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