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434 ARW celebrates Columbus Day

The men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., celebrate Columbus Day, which is the annual U.S. commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus' landing in the 'New World.' Columbus set sail with 90 men in August 1492 on three ships named the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, and the expedition reached land on October 12, 1492.

The men and women of Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., celebrate Columbus Day, which is the annual U.S. commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus' landing in the 'New World.' Columbus set sail with 90 men in August 1492 on three ships named the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, and the expedition reached land on October 12, 1492. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. --

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

That rhyme has helped people of all ages remember a key milestone in North American history, a milestone which Grissom recognizes as the base celebrates Columbus Day today.

After leading a fleet of three ships on a 10-month voyage in a quest to reach lucrative trade markets in Asia, Christopher Columbus and his European crew landed on an island the Bahamas he named San Salvador.

While Columbus maintained that he had reached Asia until his death, his accidental discovery a new pair of continents led to the settlement and colonization of the Americas.

Columbus Day has different meanings for different people, but the first recorded celebration in the United States was held in New York in 1792 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Columbus' landing.

It was 100 years later that President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation, "recommending to the people the observance in all their localities of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America."

Since that proclamation, school programs, plays and community festivities have been organized across the country in celebration of Columbus Day.

However, the day was not made a national holiday until President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Columbus Day, then celebrated October 12, as such 1937.

Since 1971, when Columbus Day was designated the second Monday in October, it has been celebrated as a federal holiday, with government agencies and banks closing in observance.

Grissom is home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing, the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command, as well as three Army Reserve units and a Marine Corps Reserve communication detachment.

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Public Affairs Staff

Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:



Douglas Hays
Chief, Public Affairs

Ben Mota
Public affairs Operations Chief

Vacant
NCOIC of public affairs

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
Staff writer

Airman 1st Class Harrison Withrow
staff writer