I found this gem in my e-mail this morning:
Today, October 11, 2010, many across our Nation will be observing 'Columbus Day'; the day our country sets aside as a legal holiday to celebrate the 'discovery' of America.
Many are unsure why we call this celebration 'Columbus Day', as we know that Christopher Columbus never reached the United States. There are also historians that note other explorers and information on the colonization of the Americas prior to Columbus' landing in 1492. And, certainly, it is well known that our 'Native Americans' crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska, traveled throughout the lands now know as the Americas, and established villages herein long before Columbus' 'discovery'.
Yet, with the understanding that the explorations and findings of Columbus were the first that led to continued expeditions to the Americas by European powers to colonize and build trade networks in the 'New World', we give title to our country's day of 'discovery' as 'Columbus Day.'
Whatever understanding we hold of our country's beginnings, whatever we choose to call this day in our hearts, and however we choose to celebrate the day in which we as a nation recognize the discovery of our country, this is an excellent day to step back and give thanks to the Almighty for all the blessings and freedoms we have in this land!
May we pray together today, in great thanksgiving, speaking aloud of our
gratefulness for our liberties and our appreciation for those willing to serve that we may remain free! A land of opportunity, a land of prosperity, a land of hope where the accomplishment of dreams is a reality given to us!
Today, as we remember how very blessed we are, may we also hold in special prayer each member of our Armed Forces, our veterans, their family members, and the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice that our country may remain strong, united, and without defeat! We have a bounty of blessings each day we live ~ may we thank God and all those brave souls instilled with the courage to fight for this land and its people!
God Bless America!
With prayers for our country, those who are serving or who have served, and YOU,
Rev. Lin McGee
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.