Well today is Columbus Day. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the anniversary of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’s landing in the New World was first formally celebrated in 1792, by the Columbian Order (Society of St. Tammany) in New York City.
On the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival, President Benjamin Harrison designated Oct. 21, 1892, “a general holiday,” describing Columbus as a “pioneer of progress and enlightenment.”
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus Day as a national holiday in 1937 and the day has been observed on the second Monday of October since 1971.
The day has been increasingly been denied over the past 20 or so years as political correctness and people of history are judged by today’s more ‘tolerant’ standards, and more cities are using the day instead honoring Indigenous people. While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating national indigenous groups, there’s nothing wrong with remembering historical deeds and explorations.
And remembering that no person, group or country has ever been perfect, that deeds done can have benefits as well as consequences. The best social justice is to learn from mistakes and things done in the past, and not perpetuate them under a new brand. But, since that is a discussion that could take many more articles and most likely would never see solutions, I’ll just continue to be my usual non politically correct self, and say Happy Columbus Day all.
This is an open porch. I hope everyone has a safe and blessed holiday!
OH! And Happy Thanksgiving to CDS and all our Canadian friends and family!!