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Tartan Day 2009

Scottish American Society

Tartan Day - April 6th - 2008

Tartan Day Display
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Early arrivals to the dinner.

Don & Joann Mellen, Jim Frost
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Margaret Frost, Gene & Betty Marcus
Folks are getting hungry!
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Betty's getting organized
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The Tartan Day dinner was very pleasant, with only members and friends invited, the crowd was kept small, but congenial.  Bill & Julie Kennedy made wonderful kabobs, Francis Acar led us all in singing some good old Scottish tunes, and Dreama Powell played her Celtic harp.  Our many thanks to Susan Collins who made our use of Blair House party room possible, Gene & Betty who did the host & hostess work, and all those who contributed to the food and entertainment.  Most espcially to Himself who told all those wondeful stories. Sometimes he even remembered the punch lines!

Dreama and Rona
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Her playing always enchants us

Just part of the mob...
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Bill Kennedy read the following proclamation by President Bush.

National Tartan Day, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America


 

Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life.

Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country's most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland's soil. The Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320, embodied the Scots' strong dedication to liberty, and the Scots brought that tradition of freedom with them to the New World. Sons and daughters of many Scottish clans were among the first immigrants to settle in America, and their determination and optimism helped build our Nation's character. Several of our Founding Fathers were of Scottish descent, as have been many Presidents and Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Many Scottish Americans, such as Andrew Carnegie, were great philanthropists, founding and supporting numerous scientific, educational, and civic institutions. From the evocative sounds of the bagpipes to the great sport of golf, the Scots have also left an indelible mark on American culture.

National Tartan Day is an opportunity to celebrate all Americans who claim Scottish ancestry, and we are especially grateful for the service in our Armed Forces of Scottish Americans who have answered the call to protect our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 6, 2008, as National Tartan Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day by celebrating the continued friendship between the people of Scotland and the United States and by recognizing the contributions of Scottish Americans to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

GEORGE W. BUSH