So why do Italian-Americans cling so tightly to Columbus Day?
"To try to take it away, I'm sorry, but they're climbing up the wrong tree", said George Iannuzzo, co-founder and past president of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy.
The discovery by Columbus brought the permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas, which Trump noted was a "transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation". "We do this because our history book erase such history".
The Columbus monument represented a coming of age for Italian immigrants; it gave them a sense of belonging in America after years or persecution.
The notion of an Indigenous Peoples Day took root at an worldwide conference on discrimination sponsored by the United Nations in 1977. President Franklin Roosevelt created the first federal observance of Columbus Day in 1937.
However, the SUNY Student Assembly announced that they will be honoring Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day. I'm 58 years old now, so a long time.
Columbus Day controversy has flared up every fall since, this year with new fervor: Columbus statues from NY to Minnesota to California have faced vandalism or removal amid newly heightened debate on Confederate monuments, sweeping up the 15th-century figure tied to genocide and slavery.
They're told that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, leading to colonies on this side of the pond.
The second Monday of October is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in Mount Pleasant, however, in other cities throughout the USA, it is still celebrated as Columbus Day.
The Indigenous Peoples' Day became a part of the movement that recognized the atrocities of Columbus while stressing and celebrating the contributions made by the Natives.
However, in recent years, indigenous people and others have rallied against the holiday, claiming Columbus enslaved and murdered many indigenous people.
Wilmington Selectman Kevin Caira, a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, said some people are trying to rewrite history. But the gesture to recognize victims of European colonialism also has outraged Italian-Americans.
The urban legend would have you believe Americans celebrate Columbus Day to honor a heroic man who founded the US.