I opened my email a couple of days before 9-11-09 with a notice about a Patriotic Tattoo being held in West Jordan, Utah in honor of Sept 11 and Patriot's Day. I was spending much of the day at Scrapbook USA Expo in Sandy and West Jordan isn't too far away so I asked Mr Creative if he would like to go.
He picked me up a bit before 6 pm and we headed over. It was held at their rodeo grounds and thus the dirt in the arena. A Tattoo is a military term you might recognize as a song they play...Taps... which was a shortening of the word Tattoo. It began in Holland as a way to let the troops know it was time to leave the bars and the taps were turned off when the music was heard.
Over the years it has evolved into a show of military bands most especially Scottish pipe bands and there is a huge Tattoo held every year in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The organizers used the Patriot's Day as a way to bring together Scottish Pipe bands and one of the Army bands along with Scottish dancers and a song or two. Although it was a free event people were encouraged to donate to the Gold Star Families those who have lost a member of the military in war and of course we were glad to do so.
It was a wonderful concert but a bit too long for many of the children and older folks but I am glad we stayed for the whole thing. There was a moving ceremony near the end where the bands and color guards massed on the field with a symbolic coffin to offer thanks and love to all those who lost their lives on 9-11 and in the fight against terrorism! It was one of the most touching moments I have had for many years.
It was very late when we returned home and since I needed to prepare for the next day's scrapbook crop I wasn't in bed much before 3 am but it was so very much worth loosing a little bit of sleep.