Product DescriptionOur Pipers Plaids are between 3.5 to 4 yards long (depending on height / chest measurement) and have knotted and fringed ends. The pleats are lined up to an exacting standard, either to the sett or stripe.
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Kelly's Motivation for creating the Firefighters Memorial Tartan:
Kelly has admired the profession of Firefighting for a long time. It is to her, the noblest of professions. Firefighters run into burning buildings when others are running out. They risk their lives to save others who they know nothing about. No matter what your job, gender or social status, they’re here to risk their lives to save yours.
Less than 2 weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Kelly visited ground zero in New York and was forever changed. There were piles of rubble and crumbled buildings all around and the white dust covered everything. The smell of drywall and death hung heavy in the air. In that moment, she reflected on the men and women who rushed into the towering infernos to save others. They rushed up the crowded stairwells, pushing through people coming down to find those trapped by rubble or hiding under desks. Many of those heroic men and women did not make it home to see their families that day.
She wanted to do something to show those individuals and ALL firefighters that what they do is important... more than any celebrity or sports figure celebrated in pop culture. She wanted to give back in a meaningful way, but didn’t know how. The one day in 2007, it came to her. She decided to create a tartan honoring ALL firefighters for what they do every day. The modest firefighters Kelly has spoken with tell her, they’re “just doing their job”. To her, they’re doing the most IMPORTANT job and deserve every ounce of credit and help that we can give back to them.
Kelly created the Firefighter’s Memorial Tartan as a way to raise money for firefighter’s charities. USA Kilts is donating 15% of every kilt made (that’s a majority of our labor costs per kilt) to the Leary Firefighters Foundation. Please note that we’re not “inflating the price” of these kilts... we are charging the standard price for our 5 Yard Wool kilts and Premier kilts and donating the money out of our own pockets.
To every firefighter (or family member of one) who reads this message, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope the money we donate helps to train and save the lives of those who are here to save ours.
Kelly Stewart & Rocky Roeger
Owners & Kiltmakers www.USAKilts.com
AvailabilityThis item is custom made in Scotland and will take roughly 8 weeks.