Wait a minute, maybe I got so excited because October 12 is my birthday. Who knows.
But from todays perspective, a day dedicated to one single explorer with a dubious moral code and no mention of the other explorers that changed history and continue to do so today seems out of wack.
Which is why I am excited to join the people behind Exploration Day USA in getting 25,000 signatures on a petition to the Obama White House to officially change the name of the holiday to celebrate All Explorers. You can help out to by going to their site and signing the petition on change.com below.
Petitioning The President of the United States
United States Congress: Rededicate Columbus Day as Exploration Day
And after all, as the founders of Americans For Exploration pointed out, Saying Columbus "discovered" America is like saying you went to the grocery store and 'Discovered" milk.