Archive for August, 2008

Honoring Heroes

The band proudly performed for the men and women of the Durham Fire Department (and their families) during their bi-annual awards ceremony on August 16, 2008. Thank you to all the band members (and their families) who came out to the Bull City to play a few tunes for fans – and more importantly honor the heroes of the Durham Fire Department; the power of the pipes and drums are still echoing Amazing Grace in the Tobacco Complex. Kudos to Mike Bishop for setting aside his tenor drum to play bass and Alan Armstrong for leading the band in Amazing Grace. Additional photos and perhaps some video may become available, so check back for updates.

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Lest We Forget

In March of 2008 our band chaplain, Paul Ormond – was called back to serve our Country. Paul is a Captain (Chaplain) in United States Army and is serving at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He has not forsaken his bagpipes and has been honoring Fort Stewart soldiers who have been killed in the war on terror. The photos below are from a memorial ceremony for SPC Kyle Norris of 3-7 Infantry Battalion who was killed by an IED when his guntruck was hit. The woman being escorted down the walkway is his mother. There are trees planted at Fort Stewart for each of the fallen soldiers (Eastern Redbud trees), these trees bloom in April which corresponds to the time of year when the 3rd Infantry Division crossed into Iraq for the initial invasion; there are currently over 400 trees planted at Fort Stewart for soldiers of 3ID. The band looks forward to Paul’s safe return and we are very proud of his service to our Country and to his fellow soldiers and their families.

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