On April 4, 2008, President George Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6th National Tartan Day.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION
President George Bush today signed on April 4th 2008 a Presidential Proclamation making April 6th National Tartan Day! Proclamation signed by the President of the United States: 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.
I also looked up to see if New York City specifically honored Tartan Day and I found that they did celebrate with a parade, bagpipers, and Highland dancers. I so would have loved to have seen that! Next year I will be Scottish for the day and I plan to attend!
Diane and Steve added a few more pictures to their album that I'll share with you:
These next two photos look like the streets of San Francisco! Diane & Steve said they are much steeper than they look in the pictures. I am so out of shape, I don't think I would have made it up these hills!
I love this picture of Will and Diane enjoying their ice cream cones.
And I'm anxious to know if they tried "the best burgers in Scotland"!
So many beautiful churches...
...but Diane said so many of the churches are no longer churches. They have been turned into theaters, restaurants, and bars like the one below. Sad.
I got such a kick out of this:
A children's playground with a pile of rocks, stones, iron, and cement!
I guess Scotland is not a very litigious country!
(By the way, thank you for all your good wishes for him. His fever is gone, his voice is coming back, but the poor kid keeps running to the bathroom now! I guess the virus has moved on to his intestines.)