Earlier today, our branch President – Fred Rutledge – represented the Royal Canadian Legion at the 152nd consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games.
The branch will be participating in the 151st Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, which is a celebration of Scottish culture, traditions, competitions and entertainment for all the family to enjoy – at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day Weekend (September 3 – 4, 2016).
In the Beginning Long before colonists began to settle in the New World, Scotland already had a lengthy history and culture. Heavy Athletics Events were being held in Scotland at least 1,000 years ago, and some historians believe that Heavy Events originated during Druid times! Heavy Events began as tests of strength and conditioning for Scottish troops. A tree trunk would be made into a caber and tossed by the strongest military men. Smooth rocks from river beds would be heaved for distance. Lead weights would be tossed underhand over a bar more than twice as high as the athlete. Over the centuries, Heavy Events evolved from military exercises into festivals for the Scottish public, and with the addition of dancing, music, food and drink, the Highland Games were born. They are a traditional method of passing Scottish culture from generation to generation, and held throughout Scotland and the rest of the World.