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Columbus Day, Should it Still Be Celebrated?

Columbus Day Ceremonies in Baltimore, Maryland 2013 MDGovpics Flickr
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Are you celebrating Columbus Day today?

The holiday on the second Monday of October doesn’t seem to be as popular as it was in years past. Some are proposing changing the name to ‘Explorer Day’ or ‘Native American Day.’When I was in school, we were taught that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 14-hundred and 92 and discovered America. Since those times, I’ve learned that he landed on what is now known as the Bahamas and his discovery brought hordes of Europeans across the Atlantic Ocean which decimated many native populations.

So I’m still a bit torn between standing up for the Native Americans who were here first or being glad that the New World was opened up for my ancestors to begin a better life.

In South Dakota, they celebrate the second Monday of October as ‘Native American Day.’ I think there should be a day to celebrate the indigenous population of America. And there should be a day to celebrate the many explorers who helped discover this great land, the Vikings and Amerigo Vespucci among others.

Let’s just make more Monday holidays, we could all use another day off?

What’s your opinion on celebrating Columbus Day?

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