It is as predictable as any other annual U.S. holiday or commemoration: National mainstream media devote sound bites to Columbus Day and the meaning of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the "New World", while Columbus Day sales hit the stores.
"Christopher Columbus' legacy of extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality is not in dispute", O'Farrell said, according to CNN affiliate KCAL.
Myself an Italian-American, I've always found it unusual that so many other Italians look to Columbus as the standard bearer of Italian pride.
Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said in a statement: "The Knights of Columbus joins the vast majority of Americans in celebrating Columbus Day". What's more, though state lawmakers have tried to create a number of new public holidays over the years, a search of legislation going back to the 1999-2000 legislative session didn't turn up any bills directly related to Columbus Day.
Critics of Columbus say he was a ruthless explorer who treated indigenous people abhorrently.
"Not only did Columbus not discover America, some historians say he never even stepped foot on American soil", Barron said.
The mayor will join Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Comptroller Scott Stringer and others for Manhattan's annual Columbus Day Parade, which kicks off before noon on 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and travels up to 72nd Street. The ravages laid upon the indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean by Columbus and his cohorts are well-documented, historical fact.
Steps away from the parade route in Morris Park, local leaders held a press conference in an effort to defend statues of Columbus they feel are under threat.
"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue", children repeat this time each year.
Columbus Day is being recognized today across the United States.
"I for one for obvious reasons happen to believe in the Italian-American heritage", he said. Berkley, California, became one of the first cites in 1992 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. In his book "American Holocaust", Stannard calls that period of 80 years "the largest ongoing holocaust in the history of humanity".
In New York City, where 35,000 people will march in Monday's Columbus Day parade, vandals recently doused a Columbus statue in red paint.
Columbus' first voyage to the Americas is also celebrated in Spain, Italy and many Latin American nations.