By MARSHA MERCER
If you have Monday off from work, thank 19th century American politics.
The Columbus Day holiday has its roots in the presidential campaign of 1892, when President Benjamin Harrison was running for re-election.
Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam declared the
first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Virginia, “a day to honor the rich culture and
recognize the contributions of Indigenous people and Native Americans across
the Commonwealth.” He recognized Oct.11, 2021, the same way.