Columbus' Columbus Day: From AmeriFlora '92 to its cancellation

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For the first time in its history, Columbus, Ohio - which was named for explorer Christopher Columbus - is not observing the federal holiday named in his honor this year because money is too tight, city officials said in a press release late last week. But this year, the capital city's offices will remain open, and instead close on Veterans Day, which falls on November 12.

The largest US city named after Christopher Columbus has decided against celebrating Columbus Day.

Each year, more and more localities are holding celebrations for Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day.

The legacy of Columbus, which once hinged on and celebrated his exploration of the New World, has shifted in recent years. But Curtatone, like other city and state leaders, said that the brutal history evoked by recognizing Columbus is enough to overcome any sense of pride Italian Americans might feel.

On Monday evening, students joined the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) in an Indigenous Peoples' Day Vigil.

Alaska just made the switch to Indigenous Peoples' Day a year ago, and cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and Ithaca, New York, have done the same.

Columbus Day started as a federal holiday in 1934.

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Santa Fe, N.M.; and Madison, Wis. are all among the US cities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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

She called Monday's celebration "a good step in the right direction", saying it's important to acknowledge the indigenous people "whose land we occupy here".

"(Columbus) made two mistakes", he said.

While Suozzi would support efforts to expand Indigenous Peoples' Day, "I just don't think it should be necessarily on Columbus Day", he said. We are also thankful for our relationship with Italy, a great ally that shares our strong, unwavering commitment to peace and prosperity. As with the old holiday, government offices, courts, banks and many businesses were closed. Several states, including Alaska, Hawaii and OR have never recognized it. 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. "Celebrate the different heritages and cultures, and we kind of do that in a different way, but maybe (do it) on a (grander) scale".

To Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, it's a disgrace that New York City doesn't officially recognize the holiday. The Columbus Day Italian Parade still continued as usual Sunday.

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

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