OTTAWA, April 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Today is National Tartan Day, which
coincides with the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the
Scottish declaration of independence. This is an ideal opportunity to
recognize the contribution that Canadians of Scottish descent have made
to our society. Besides helping to build dynamic communities from
Nova Scotia to British Columbia, they have enriched our culture with
important symbols such as the tartan.
We celebrate all tartans on this day, particularly the Maple Leaf
Tartan. Created in 1964 by David Weiser in anticipation of Canada's
centennial in 1967 and recognized as Canada's official tartan in 2011,
the Maple Leaf Tartan is worn by the Second Battalion of the Royal
Canadian Regiment Pipes and Drums. We can all be proud of this fabric,
which is now one of Canada's official symbols.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, I invite all
Canadians to take time on National Tartan Day to learn more about the Maple Leaf Tartan and to celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Scottish heritage
have made to our country.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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