SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's an annual gathering celebrating Italian American heritage in Syracuse. The laying of a wreath at the Christopher Columbus statute at the circle that bears his name in the center of the city.
It is a celebration that has been scaled down over the years. Organizers say their children can become more involved. They're hoping they can return to the spirit of their parents decades ago.
"Really wanted to celebrate what their parents had done in coming to this country and all the contributions they've made to this country. And that really was the heart of a celebration of this type. We're going to look at starting to get younger people involved and kind of resurrect that celebration," said Columbus Day organizer Michael Vavonese.
The event has not been without controversy over the years. Again this year, there was a protest at the event by a Native American. Various Indian nations say Columbus' landing in the New World led to centuries of death and persecution of those already living in the new land.