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Columbus Day October 9, 2017


cffblog6.jpgOctober 9, 2017 (Monday)

Columbus Day is one of ten federal holidays recognized nationwide by the United States Government. All non-essential federal government offices are closed on Columbus Day, and all federal employees are paid even if they receive the day off. Many private-sector employees will also receive paid time off or special holiday pay on Columbus Day.

Columbus day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. It is celebrated every second Monday of October, and has been a federal holiday since 1937.


IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day; He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board; Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep; And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land; They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true, You never saw a happier crew!
"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried; His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But "India" the land was not; It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice; They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold To bring back home, as he'd been told.
He made the trip again and again, Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite. But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.


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In the politically correct world of 2017, Columbus has a bad name among many. If it's all the same to you, I'd just as soon leave that discussion for someone else. If today is a holiday for you, enjoy it. Please accept my wish for you to have a happy day.

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