Some US communities split over celebration of Columbus Day

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Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said in a statement: "The Knights of Columbus joins the vast majority of Americans in celebrating Columbus Day". This year, it falls on Monday, October 9, 2017.

It's a sentiment other officials seem to share.

As an Italian-American and as a NY state legislator, I will staunchly speak out against those who aim to remove a statue of the man who represents our heritage.

Later Monday morning, the local Knights of Columbus chapter will unveil a statute of Christopher Columbus that they say has been planned for at least 3 years. We should be talking about what our history books are missing.

25 years later, several other cities have followed suit, including Seattle, Austin and Los Angeles.

President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in 1892 urging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery by ceasing "from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life". "I believe in the contribution Italian-Americans have made, just as I believe in celebrating the Caribbean and the Israel day parade".

But some cities and states are shifting that honor from Columbus to indigenous people.

Christopher Columbus should have a national holiday.

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Andrew Cuomo (C) marches in the annual Columbus Day parade with his daughter Michaela (L) on October 13, 2014 in New York City. A majority of the members who didn't vote declined to comment about their decision, according to the paper.

"There is a tremendous amount of ignorance and arrogance about our history", Jones told the paper.

The news conference, organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, took place in front of colorful chalk drawings celebrating Virginia's natural landscape and indigenous people.

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue".

Obama asked the U.S.to "acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers". As the holiday approached, NY police kept 24-hour guard over the imposing Christopher Columbus statue in Midtown Manhattan.

Of course, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio didn't endear himself to that city's Italian-American community when he appointed a commission to review all potentially "offensive" statues, including those of Columbus.

She believes it's offensive that the US celebrates a man who cost so many Native Americans their lives. I personally have been misguided when it came to the facts about Columbus.

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