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Thursday, April 12, 2012



On Saturday 07 April 2012, we enjoyed a National Tartan Day observance at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

For the best effect, please be sure and enjoy watching this automated video series of our event in "FULL SCREEN" mode.

We were honored to have a visit from the mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, George Schloegel.

Randy Seale, from the Scottish Society of Mobile, Alabama explained the origin and significance of National Tartan Day, and read a sample of the Declaration of Arbroath, which was signed on 06 April 1320.

Father Harold F. Roberts, former chaplain of the 48th Highlanders, conducted a "Kirkin' o' the Tartan" service, recognizing and blessing the tartans of each clan.

We also had a few remarks from Carl Campbell, the president of the Highlands and Islands Association of Celtic Gatherings.

There were musical performances from a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Francis Ward, as well as the Father of Waters Pipe and Drum Band, from Jackson, Mississippi, the New Orleans Strathspey and Reel Society, and Irish step dancing by the Scoil Rince MacCrossan.

A multitude of photographs were taken by Gunnery Sergeant Richard "Gunny" Ranzo, United States Marine Corps (Retired), a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which you may enjoy viewing in "FULL SCREEN" mode, when watching this slide show.

The event was concluded when the Father of Waters Pipe and Drum Band, along with other participants, paraded through the mess hall at chow time.

You were able to read my latest posted message because a fellow resident here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Senior Chief Petty Officer Bobby Farnam, United States Navy (Retired), successfully removed the virus from my computer and installed a brand new operating system, all without charging me one red cent!


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