We all know that in 1492 Columbus discovered America. But where the heck was he really going? The East Indies.
We are reminded that Monday is a Holiday to celebrate Columbus and his discovery. Anyone even remember his first name? Christopher.
In New York we find a monument dedicated to the famed explorer in Columbus circle. Try and get around that at rush hour. No wonder the guy got lost.
Columbus Day 2011
October 10, 2011 is a nationally declared holiday where the Banks will once again be closed and the post office all because Columbus got lost.
I never could understand Columbus Day as a child because I read the stories, the books, did the research and it just amazed me that Columbus was to hit one point and landed in another. Yet, we declared back in 1906, that we should celebrate a day for a man getting lost?!
Flip side of the coin for Columbus going off course, just a tad, is actually that Columbus Day is a day of observance, celebrating our heritage. A day to just step back and not forget where we came from and where we are today.
And so, Chicago will have their annual Columbus Day Parade acknowledging our heritage.
In 1906, Colorado made Columbus Day a State Holiday. Soon after others followed and some state do not, still to this day, observe Columbus Day.
So, my childhood concept of why in the world would we be celebrating a day when Columbus, who ventured out to reach the Americas, got lost and missed his landing point, would be celebrated and now be a national holiday has come full circle.
Columbus Day, while observed, is also Thanksgiving Day for our neighboring friends in Canada.
And as always, the U.S. Mail Service will be down but the internet doesn't take holidays!
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