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National Tartan Day in the United States

The Tartan

 The fighting sheen of it;

the yellow, the green of it;

 The black, the red of it,

every thread of it.

 The fair have signed for it;

the brave have died for it;

 Foeman sought for it;

heroes fought for it;

 Honor the name of it;

drink to the fame of it –

 The Tartan!


National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.


The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed on April 6, 1320. The American Declaration of Independence was, in fact, modelled on this particular document. Almost half of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent.

The US Senate Resolution on National Tartan Day was passed on March 20, 1998. From that point onward, National Tartan Day was designated as a day for all Americans, particularly those of Scottish descent, on April 6 each year.


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