Falling down on the job here as arbiter of your flag-flying habits. How could I forget that some of America celebrates this day as Columbus Day? (No one in this household gets the day off.)
Fly your U.S. flag today. Fly it to honor Columbus’s discovery of the Americas. Or, fly your flag to honor exploration and explorers, and to remember the people who suffered so greatly as a result of the collision of European cultures in search of money, and American cultures lacking gunpowder and steel.
The second Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day, a federal holiday (though not widely honored in private enterprise). Columbus made landfall in the Americas for the first time on October 12, 1492, 520 years ago.
Did you notice? In the painting in the U.S. Capitol, Columbus isn’t flying the U.S. flag. Acccuracy over political correctness winds, eh?
Below the fold: A description of the painting in the Capitol Rotunda, from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol (the “official” version.)
- Whatever happened to reconsidering Columbus Day? (Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)
- Columbus’s most prized possession (Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)
- Columbus Day – October 8, 2012 (spiceofyourlife.wordpress.com)
- Columbus Day//Canadian Thanksgiving from Reality Refracted (realityrefracted.com)
- Should Columbus Day Become ‘Exploration Day’? (news.discovery.com)
- Use Columbus Day to Confront Stereotypes (nativescience.wordpress.com)
- Vikings in America before Columbus! (Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)
- Reconsider Columbus Day/Columbus Day Truth/Columbus and Western Civilization (alwaysquestionauthority.com)
- Transform Columbus Day (from 2011 – did the movement die out in Colorado?)
- Columbus Day at the History Channel, with 11 videos
- Columbus Day crafts and activities, at Enchanted Learning
- ABC News: “Columbus Day 2012, Hero, Villain, or Both?”
- For the past 22 years, it’s been Native Americans Day in South Dakota
- White House proclamation of Columbus Day 2012
- The distinguished commentator Pat Carrithers, on Facebook: “Today is a special day. It’s Columbus Day. That’s the day on which illegal immigration is called Discovery.”