SCRANTON LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s Christopher Columbus Day as the federal holiday is held on the second Monday of October, since 1971.

Monday morning, the ‘Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County’ held its wreath-laying ceremony Which took place at the Christopher Columbus statue on Courthouse Square in Scranton.

“It’s important to keep tradition alive its been going on for years and we’re trying to get younger people involved so they keep the tradition going,” explained John Mecca, the President of Lackawanna county Columbus Day Association.

“Remember where you came from and how hard our ancestors worked to make this country what it is so you have to celebrate it you can’t forget,” added Chris Chermak, the Lackawanna County Commissioner.

Many from the association go to the big apple after the ceremony to participate in the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City, which starts Monday afternoon.