Columbus Day has become the most controversial federal holiday in the United States with some saying it should be replaced with Indigenous People Day to honor Native Americans. Instead, the city will close its offices on Veterans Day on November 12, according to a report from a local NBC News affiliate.
Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since the 1930s, but as of 2015, less than half of USA states had moved to give their employees a paid day off on the day.
All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.
King said the group had a presentation a year ago on Columbus Day explaining how the holiday promoted the erasure of the Native American experience and history.
They called for Columbus Day to be changed to Indigenous People's Day, recognizing the people who lived here before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.More news: Eagles reportedly reach out to Bills about LeSean McCoy
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"This won't change history totally, but we're at the point where we realize calling it Columbus Day is completely wrong", said Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. "If they really wanted to do something meaningful to honor the day, they could have torn it down", one user said.
Williams said he understands why some people do not like celebrating Columbus Day anymore and thinks it may no longer be a national holiday in the future.
The switch was announced quietly Thursday, allowing Columbus to avoid the consternation around canceling Columbus Day that's taken place elsewhere.
Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans.
Columbus had not previously observed Veterans Day as a city holiday, says Robin Davis, the director of media relations for Mayor Andrew Ginther.
"It's about time", announced Mayor London Breed at the Indigenous Peoples Day event at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. A few entire states have moved to officially recognised Indigenous Peoples Day, as well: Minnesota, Vermont and Alaska. In blue states especially, communities now recognize Columbus as a slaveholder, rapist and plunderer of gold; a total of 56 cities and four states have followed Berkeley's example. We are proud of our heritage. The Columbus Day Italian Parade still continued as usual Sunday. "It's an Italian holiday like all the other ethnic groups have", he says. Native American students and community members lead attendees to the Monroe County Courthouse where mayoral staff read the proclamation aloud.