- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2005

Men donned kilts, and the ladies wore tartan sashes at the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington’s annual Burns Night Dinner Saturday at the Hilton Crystal City hotel in Arlington. The event marked the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, who wrote many well-known verses and songs, including “Auld Lang Syne.”

Navy Cmdr. Michael Jackonis toasted the “sons and daughters of America and Britain who have sacrificed themselves to keep us safe and free” before tribute was paid to J. Gregory O’Brien, a retired CIA agent who served 35 years as pipe major of the society’s pipes and drums band. Cameron McNary recited Burns’ “Address to a Haggis,” which praises the “great chieftain of the pudding race,” before the traditional Scottish dish made from the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep was served.

— James Morrison

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