Columbus, Ohio cancels Columbus Day

A statue of Christopher Columbus stands outside City Hall in Columbus Ohio

Columbus Day is just hours away which means celebrating the Italian explorer for some, but distress for others who are upset over treatment of indigenous people. Columbus Day is one of three federal holidays TD Bank remains open for, including Veterans Day and Presidents' Day.

City offices will close instead on Veterans Day, which falls on November 12 this year.

All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.

- It is Columbus Day across much of the country, but some Minnesota cities are celebrating a different holiday.

While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases.

Columbus Day can be confusing when it comes to knowing what is open and what is closed.

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"Indigenous Peoples' Day is part of a movement to recognize the atrocities committed against indigenous people while celebrating the history and contributions of Native and First Nations peoples to the community", Boise's mayor, David Bieter, said in a statement.

Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as Columbus Day, which this year is on October 8, 2018.

The Columbus Italian Club posted a link on Facebook to a Dispatch article about the city's decision not to celebrate Columbus Day with a single thumbs down emoji as its lone commentary. "It's not PC for me to say anything against indigenous peoples", he said.

Monday's other celebration is to remember the people who inhabited North America long before Christopher Columbus claimed to have discovered the new world.

In 1992, an 88-acre park a couple miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio, transformed into a floral wonderland. Columbus Day has been officially recognized nationwide since 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it a national holiday. As an Italian-American it feels good that there is an official holiday that is nominally about us. However, UPS does not observe Columbus Day and locations will be open. We are proud of our heritage. The one that stands outside City Hall arrived as a gift in 1955 from Genoa, Italy, believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

"Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions - even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity". In September of this year, the House also adopted a resolution that recognizes October as Indigenous Peoples' Month, and the week after the second Monday as Indigenous Peoples' Week.

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