Columbus Day Fast and Interesting Facts
by Christina Camerota
Source: www.danbury.patch.com; October 10, 2011
For many, Columbus Day means little more than a three-day weekend. While a federal holiday, it is not typically celebrated or paraded in any particular way and three states do not even formally recognize it.
Yet, our country may not exist as it does today without the courage of the day's namesake.
So, in honor of Columbus and his holiday, here are some quick and interesting facts:
* Columbus landed in the Bahamas for the first time on Oct. 12. The holiday, however, is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, even if that day is not the 12th.
* Cowboys might do well to call Columbus their patron saint. After all, it was Columbus who introduced horses to the Americas. Technically, a breed of horses existed in the Americas beforehand but migrated away to other parts of the world. Until Columbus, Native Americans had not seen horses in thousands of years.
* Called Columbus Day in the U.S., the holiday has several other names: "Discovery Day" in the Bahamas, "Día de las Americas" in Uruguay, "Día de la Hispanidad" in Europe, and "Día de la Raza" in Latin American countries.
* Many think of Columbus' fleet as including three ships - the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But, in truth, only two ships managed to make the full round trip. The Santa Maria was wrecked on Christmas Day in 1492.
* Columbus Day first became a state holiday in 1906 in Colorado, and first became a federal holiday in 1937. However, three states (Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota) do not recognize it at all.
* Columbus' final resting place is unknown. He was buried and re-buried several times around the world, including in Spain and modern-day Haiti.
The Colubus Day Dinner and Dance for 2013 was held on October 12th. This year we honered Joseph LoStocco 3rd for his dedication and contributions in supporting the Lodge. Pictured are John DeBenedetto and friends enjoying the evenings festivities. Planning for the event was by Elizabeth Shannon and committee.
FLAG RAISING AT TOWN HALL
COLUMBUS DAY FLAG RAISING
Members of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge #160 raised the flags at the Town Hall in honor of Columbus Day. Frank Cerra, VP of the Lodge presented as well as Mayor Boughton. Maria LoStocco sang the national anthems.
It is a special day for all Italians, celebrating Columbus landing in America in 1492. He had convinced Spain’s King Ferdinand to let him sail to the new land.
Columbus was born in Genoa Italy in 1451.
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