NATIONAL TARTAN DAY
Submitted by Judih K. Meade
April 6 is National Tartan Day. This is an official national holiday, confirmed by US Senate Resolution 155, passed on March 20, 1998; United States House of Representatives Resolution 41, unanimously adopted on March 9, 2005; and by Presidential Proclamation signed by President George W. Bush on April 4, 2008.
Why April 6th? The Scottish Declaration of Independence (Declaration of Arbroath) was signed on April 6, 1320. It is claimed that the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on the Declaration of Arbroath. Though this has not been proven definitively, several books make a convincing case for this belief, and Wikipedia states that “Thomas Jefferson’s education was heavily influenced by Scottish thought.”
According to the www.tartanday.org web site, “Americans of Scottish descent have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of the United States. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots — making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States. These are the people and accomplishments that are honored on National Tartan Day, April 6th