National Tartan Day became an officially recognized US celebration in 1998, but the celebration of Scottish American heritage in the United States begin long before. National Tartan Day is celebrated each year on April 6th, the date which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. A Declaration which is widely viewed as greatly influencing the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. The inalienable need for freedom which runs within us all can be heard clearly from the following inspirational line from the Declaration of 1320.
“We fight not for glory, nor riches nor honors, but for freedom alone, which no good man gives up except with his life.”
With this same spirit, National Tartan Day relives and celebrates yearly the contribution and achievements made by Scottish Americans in the United States. Did you know that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of independence came from Scotland, Ulster or had ancestors there? Or that nine of the original thirteen states had governors who were of Scottish ancestry? Those with Scottish heritage have played a major role in helping guide the United States through some of our most difficult times, Let's celebrate their accomplishments on April 6th, National Tartan Day!
My family is very proud of our Scottish heritage, and our love of all things Scottish. The picture above is my Grandson, Charlie and I in our family tartan (MacGregor) on our way to our local Scottish Highlands Games, last summer. Charlie is an amazing drummer, and has the occasional honor of sitting in with the Scottish tribal band, The Wicked Tinkers. Here are a couple of pictures of Charlie on the drums with the Tinkers, and a posed shot after the concert. I hope you enjoy them. After all, who doesn't like a picture of men in kilts!! ;o)