SCR 23: Relating to declaring April 6, 2002, as Alaska Tartan Day.

00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23 01 Relating to declaring April 6, 2002, as Alaska Tartan Day. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS April 6 has special significance for all Americans, and especially for 04 those Americans of Scottish descent, because the American Declaration of Independence was 05 modeled on the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, which was 06 signed on April 6, 1320; and 07 WHEREAS Scottish Americans have played a major role in the founding of the 08 United States of America, and nearly half the signatories of the Declaration of Independence 09 were of Scottish descent, and the governors of nine of the original 13 states were of Scottish 10 ancestry; and 11 WHEREAS Scottish Americans have made monumental achievements and invaluable 12 contributions to the fields of science, technology, and medicine; and 13 WHEREAS more than 200 organizations throughout the United States and Alaska 14 already observe Tartan Day on April 6 of each year to honor Scotland's role in the human 15 struggle for liberty; and 16 WHEREAS the Scottish Highland Games is a prominent summer event held annually

01 in Eagle River, Alaska, where longstanding Scottish traditions of strength and skill are 02 celebrated by many Alaskans and visitors; and 03 WHEREAS people of Scottish descent have played a significant role in the history, 04 discovery, and exploration of Alaska throughout history, most notably Captain Cook and 05 many of his crew, and there are numerous Alaska landmarks, such as Point MacKenzie, 06 honoring those Scots; and 07 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature wishes to recognize the contributions of 08 Alaskans of Scottish descent to Alaska and the United States; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests Governor Tony 10 Knowles to issue a proclamation calling on the people of Alaska to observe April 6, 2002, as 11 Alaska Tartan Day.