On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Scotland as you celebrate St. Andrew’s Day this November 30. In Caledonian Societies and Scottish clubs from New York to Chicago, across America and the world, people of Scottish origin will be celebrating with you.
The United States has been enriched by Scottish influences since its founding. For more than two centuries, we have enjoyed strong ties of kinship, commerce, culture and discovery. We are proud to count many of our Founding Fathers among the trail-blazing Scottish-Americans who have helped shape our country. From Andrew Carnegie and Alexander Graham Bell to David Dunbar Buick and Ginger Rogers, Scottish-Americans have strengthened our bonds of friendship and cooperation. Today, we are working together to develop scientific breakthroughs, promote business, encourage energy security and expand educational opportunities.
As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is a partner and friend. I wish the people of Scotland and those of Scottish descent around the world a happy St. Andrew’s Day celebration.