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Wallace named Grand Marshal for New York's 2005 Tartan Day Parade
BRAVEHEART SCREENWRITER RANDALL WALLACE NAMED
GRAND MARSHAL FOR NEW YORK CITYS 2005 TARTAN DAY PARADE
The National Tartan Day New York Committee, Inc., the organizing body for
New York Citys annual Tartan Day Parade, is delighted to announce that
New York Times best-selling author, movie director/screenplay writer (Braveheart,
We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor) and proud American-Scot, Randall
Wallace, will be New York Citys Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshal in 2005.
Dennis Hagerty, Parade Marshal and member of The National Tartan Day New
York Committee, Inc. said of the selection: New York City's Tartan Day
Parade is rapidly growing as New York's leading event celebrating Scottish
history and culture and reminding us of the many wonderful contributions
Scots have made to the genesis and growth of our great country. In this,
the 700th Anniversary year of William Wallace's heroic demise for the
cause of freedom, it is with particular pride that the National Tartan Day
New York Committee welcomes Randall Wallace as the City's 2005 Tartan Day
Parade Grand Marshal.
Randall Wallace, in accepting the honored position of New York Citys 2005
Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshal, said: Americans of Scottish descent have
given us their passion in literature, politics, industry, science, and in
their fervent defense of liberty. I am deeply honored to celebrate this
spirit as Grand Marshal of the 2005 Tartan Day Parade, especially in this
year that marks the 700th anniversary of the sacrifice of
William Wallace in the name of freedom.
The New York City Tartan Day Parade will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday,
April 2nd, 2005. The Parade steps-off at West 45th
Street, marching north on The Avenue of the Americas, otherwise known as 6th
Avenue, to 58th Street. Nearly 30 Pipe Bands from three
countries and nine States will march in the 7th annual
Randall Wallace has brought to page and screen numerous epic tales of love
and war showcasing heroes admired for their determination, loyalty, and
bravery. None of these is better known than Braveheart, for
which he received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations and won the Writers
Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
The success of Braveheart spurred Wallace to make his directorial
debut in 1998 with The Man In the Iron Mask. Then, in 2001 he wrote
the New York Times best-selling novel and the original screenplay
for Pearl Harbor. 2002 saw Wallace adapting, producing and
directing the critically acclaimed film We Were Soldiers, starring
Mel Gibson. In tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War, he
co-wrote the haunting hymn, Mansions for the Lord, for the films
credit sequence. The hymn has gained widespread use at military funerals
and memorial services, including President Ronald Reagans State Funeral.
Wallaces latest endeavor is the publication of his novel Love and
Honor, by Simon & Schuster. The epic story of an American secret
agents treacherous journey into the court of Imperial Russias Catherine
the Great; the hardcover hit bookstores in September 2004 with the
paperback due out this September. Wallaces company Wheelhouse
Entertainment will produce the film adaptation. For additional information
on Mr. Wallace, please visit www.thewheelhouse.com.
Wallace is the founder of Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity, which
is an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity whose
goal is to work towards the elimination of substandard housing worldwide.
The organization has helped build more that 150 homes in Los Angeles, New
York City, Virginia, Nepal, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt and Armenia.
The National Tartan Day New York Committee, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
organization, consists of representatives from the following societies:
The Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York, The New York
Caledonian Club, The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. and Clan Campbell.
For additional information regarding the Parade or the members of NTDNYC,
Inc., please visit
Tartan Day, April 6th annually, came into existence in 1998,
when the United States Senate passed Resolution 155 in recognition of the
valuable contribution made by the Scots, or persons in America of Scottish
descent, to the foundation, character and prosperity of America. The date
was selected to commemorate April 6th, 1320, when the
Declaration of Arbroath, affirming an independent Scotland, was signed and
presented to the Pope; it is believed that this document later became an
inspiration behind the American Declaration of Independence.
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