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Tue, April 23

Letter: Scottish, Celtic groups abound in N. Ariz.

EDITOR:

In your article dated Jan. 27, titled "255th Birthday of Robbie Burns Honored by the Scots of Prescott," Tamara Sone states that the Scots of Prescott are Northern Arizona's only Scottish Society.

Northern Arizona actually has three Scottish American Military Society Posts - one in Payson, one in Flagstaff and one in Prescott.

The Prescott Post (The Arizona Highlanders), of which I have the honor of being the commander, has more than 40 members who are dedicated to helping fellow veterans, Scottish or not. We raise money every year for other organizations including U.S. Vets, the VA hospital, the Gold Star Mothers and Wreaths across America.

It's also true that Scotland is one of the seven Celtic Nations and therefore Celtic as well. There are many Celtic organizations in Northern Arizona that are dedicated to promoting Celtic heritage, including Scottish heritage through scholarships to pipers, dancers and other activities.

One such organization is the Prescott Area Celtic Society that brings the Prescott Highland Games to Watson Lake each year. This being the tenth Annual Games May 10 and 11.

Other Celtic organizations in Northern Arizona dedicated to promoting Celtic pride, are the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society (NACHS) in Flagstaff and the Celtic Harvest Festival (CHF) in Sedona. Although these organizations omit the word Scottish, they are inclusive of the Scottish culture.

We all take great pride in our heritage.

Larry Lamper

Scottish American Military Society - Post 1297 Commander

Arizona Highlanders

Prescott

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