Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Tartan Day!!

Where would we be without Americans of Scottish descent? Well, where would we be without...

9 of the 13 original governors of the colonies?

or these men of the first American cabinet:
Secretary of State - Thomas Jefferson
Secretary of the Treasury - Alexander Hamilton
Secretary of War - Henry Knox

Or John Paul (alias John Paul Jones, the founder of the U.S. Navy?

Lt Col. George Armstrong Custer, Kit Carson, or Davy Crockett?

Or food-related Scots Joseph Campbell (of Campbell's Soups) or John MacIntosh (of apple fame)

What would the late 1800's have been without General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, or Robert E. Lee?

How 'bout Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, or Bill Gates?

Today is National Tartan Day which is North American commemoration of Scottish heritage celebrated in Canada and the USA. According to a 2006 statistic, there are roughly 6 million people of Scottish descent in the United States.

And, it is held on April 6 which the anniversary of the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was created in 1320 - which is a Scottish declaration of independence which established it as its own monarchy instead of a feudal piece of England.

So, while March 17th is reserved for the Irish, today is reserved for their neighbors to the northeast.

And, since I come by my frugalness by my heritage (LOL), I'll leave you with this:

"Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves." and

Money is flat and was meant to be piled up."

Happy Tartan Day!

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