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Columbus Day Forgotten

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 10/26/20

Go ahead look on your calendar… it's marked right there in October, the actual date is October 12 and it is still a federal holiday “Columbus Day.”

Prior to the actual date and even on this …

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Columbus Day Forgotten

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Go ahead look on your calendar… it's marked right there in October, the actual date is October 12 and it is still a federal holiday “Columbus Day.”

Prior to the actual date and even on this date one just did not hear much about the celebration and honoring what the date stood for.

Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus's legacy.

Extremists seek to replace discussion on his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries and his achievements.

Several statues of Columbus were toppled amid nationwide protests over racial injustice.

You can't take away the fact that many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage.

In 1934 Congress passed a statute stating that “the President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating October 12 as Columbus Day and calling on United States Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Columbus Day,” and inviting the people of the United States to observe Columbus Day in schools and churches, or other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies that express the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of the discovery of America.”

Not even hearing a mention of the fact that October 12 was Columbus Day does severe damage to our storied heritage.

What happened to the America so many people still cherish… we must safeguard our history and stop any wave of iconoclasm by standing against those who spread hate and division.

God Bless America.

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