Grover Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States of America. Today you can reread what I wrote about him before yesterday’s entry on President Benjamin Harrison and/or celebrate and feel inspired by the holidays that happen to coincide with me revisiting the U.S. twenty-fourth President Grover Cleveland.
October 12, 2015. Today is Columbus Day, Yorktown Victory Day, Canada’s day of celebrating Thanksgiving, and the anniversary of the United States Navy. Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937. Columbus Day is celebrated in many places, recognized by another name in many places, and not celebrated at all in many places. Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Christopher Columbus and his crew enslaved and tortured Native people upon his arrival which has caused controversy and differences in celebrating the holiday. Many people and places celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or Native American Day. Italian-Americans celebrate their heritage on this day.
In the United States of America people have celebrated Christopher Columbus’ voyage and arrival in the Americas since colonial times. New York City and other major U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary in 1792. In 1892 then President Benjamin Harrison declared it a day of celebration. Patriotism and citizenship began being taught on this day as a way to celebrate. Today, there are places that celebrate with parades and other events. The day to observe the holiday went from October 12th to being fixed at the second Monday in October in 1970.
Whether you celebrate Italian-American heritage or Native American heritage or another holiday, today is a day for inspiration. Have a bright day!