Amidst a sea of tartan and the swell of bagpipes, thousands gathered Saturday for the 17th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games.
Amongst the dozens of notable community members and Scottish clan representatives, one particularly distinguished guest traversed the grounds.
Visiting the Pacific Northwest to attend meetings in Seattle, United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter attended the games during a brief getaway to Whidbey.
Mac MacDonald, master of ceremonies, noted that he had spoken with Carter following the opening ceremonies and was told Carter was impressed.
Carter also paid a visit to the Scottish American Military Association, representatives of which were present Saturday.
Carter’s presence was befitting of the event, as several aspects of the Highland Games harken to ancient battle traditions.
How cool. I wonder if he had a chance to zip up to the north end of the island and visit NAS Whidbey?