Posted by: Michelle Stella Riordan | March 7, 2011

Forget Men in Tights…How about some REAL men in kilts?

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the wearing of the green and men in kilts, I thought I would honor some amazing men. 

I have been involved with The Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years.  We met this great group of guys who decided to just come out and support us for our annual Christmas in July Block Party.  They found us! 

ACTFK ACFD Sandpipers


Every summer for our block party, they would come out and play for the hundreds that came.  In 90+ degree heat…on the asphalt.  The ACFD Sandpipers would march in from down the block to a central point in fabulous formation.  Their music sends chills down your spine.  It inspires honor, it demands your attention and it commands your respect. 


ACTFK - ACFD Sandpipers


These men practice constantly.  They attend parades and honor fellow officers at services.  They give of themselves on the job and off. 


ACFD Sandpipers


They assist in the community time and time again in fundraiser after fundraiser.  I am fortunate to know some amazing people. 

Thank you…ACFD Sandpipers.

ACFD Sandpipers

Every year they hold a golf tournament to raise money for scholarships.

The Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 

Scholarship Fundraiser

 Golf Tournament & Ceili

Saturday September 24, 2011 at Mays Landing Country Club

Recently, I incorrectly spelled St. Patty’s Day but found out the shortened version is ‘St. Paddy’s Day’. 


Saint Patrick’s Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture.

Wearing of the green

Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick’s day grew.[4] Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.[5] He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.[6][7] In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention.[4] The phrase “the wearing of the green”, meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, derives from a song of the same name.”


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