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WHY WE SHOULD CELEBRATE COLUMBUS DAY?
MONDAY OCTOBER 10th is COLUMBUS DAY!
Continue your American history studies at the Order Sons of Italy in America here you will find many interesting fact and information about the achievements of this great Renaissance exporer who founded the first permanent European settlement in the New World. The arrival of Columbus in 1492 marks the beginning of recorded history in America.
True Historical Facts about Christopher Columbus:
• Columbus Day celebrates the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe. After Columbus, came millions of European immigrants who brought their art, music, science, medicine, philosophy and religious principles to America. These contributions have helped shape the United States and include Greek democracy, Roman law, Judeo-Christian ethics and the tenet that all men are created equal.
• Columbus Day is one of Americas oldest holidays. The tradition of observing Columbus Day dates back to the 18th century. It was first celebrated on October 12, 1792, when the New York Society of Tammany honored Columbus on the 300th anniversary of his first voyage.
• Columbus Day is a patriotic holiday. In fact, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 in honor of the 400th anniversary of his first voyage. That year, President Benjamin Harrison declared Columbus Day a legal holiday.
• In 1971 Columbus Day became a federal holiday in all 50 states after Congress passed a law declaring the second Monday in October Columbus Day.
Prepared by: The Order Sons of Italy in America in Washington, D.C.
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