Archive for May, 2011

Freedom’s Costly Price


This Memorial Day, there will be backyard barbecues, playing at swimming pools and beaches, and special sales at department stores. Some Americans will remember what the day means, but many will not. However, to those veterans who endured freedom’s costly price, the day will be one of remembrance of brave Americans who gave up their dreams, comfort and even their lives in the name of freedom.

To all those who served, and are serving still, I thank you. Thank you for selflessness, valor and compassion, to give what could not be purchased to those who could never repay you.

Throughout our history, American blood has fallen on foreign shores, not for gain of property for the United States, but so that the blessing of freedom could be attained for those who otherwise would not have it. No nation in history has offered so many of its best for the gift of freedom, the realization of which has led many to live out Jesus’ adage, “Greater love hath no man than this, to lay down his life for his friends.”

From Normandy to the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam; from Lebanon to Mogadishu, to Iraq and Afghanistan, may God bless our American heroes who have given all and stood in defense of those who could not stand alone.

Island of Friends


On Sunday, May 22, 2011 members of Wake & District shared the stage with the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance at the Fletcher Opera Theater of the Progress Energy Center for an exciting afternoon of Irish dancing and music for their Spring Benefit Performance, or Showcase of Irish Dance! Inis Cairde has been a partner with Wake & District since our first Tartan Ball in November of 2006 and we were honored to be a part of their showcase – and more importantly, to be a friend. Thank you to those band members who spent the day in their kilts for our friends. Kudos to Meighan Carpenter and all of her wonderful performers for a FANTASTIC show!

Duty of Remembering


On Saturday, 14 May 2011 members of the band traveled to Washington, DC to participated in the National Law Enforcement Memorial March and Memorial Service. While this was the 17th Annual NCLEES memorial and the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 – this marked the band’s first trip to honor the more than 19,000 names on the wall at the memorial.

From the bottom of my heart – I am thankful to the band members for spending your time to journey to Washington, DC to represent the band and the great state of North Carolina at the police memorial march and service. It was a tremendously long day for all of us – especially our drivers Lesa and Jason 0 along with all those who helped along the way (including our credentialed band photographer).

We did our part and while names will continue to be added to memorials is North Carolina, DC, Emmetsburg and across this country, and I am assured we will continue to do everything good and noble to honor them.

To the family and friends who joined the band on this particular journey – we’re grateful for standing by us. To our brothers and sisters we shared the moment with (especially the members of the Pipes & Drums of the Chicago Police Department) we are honored to walk this road together.

Thank you again,

– Joe Brady

Additional photos by our band photographer – Vero McMillan – can be seen here.


Police Week 2011


Everyone that has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows the ultimate sacrifice might be asked of them. We know that in an instant, any assignment can turn into danger, then death, then unending sorrow. When a police officer dies in the line of duty it is a tragedy for the entire community, but it is forever a memory of fellow police officers and their families. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. During the week of May 15th join Wake & District in remembering all fallen police offices.

On Saturday, 14 May 2011 members of Wake & District will be traveling to Washington, DC to participate in the 17th annual NCLEES Memorial March and Service.

Wake County Police Memorial 2011


On Tuesday, 10 May 2011, family, friends and colleagues gathered outside the Progress Energy Center for the annual memorial to fallen law enforcement officers. The ceremony honors the 19 people who gave their lives in Wake County in service to the Raleigh, Morrisville, and Wake Forest police departments, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol. Special thanks to piper Patrick McArdle for representing the band and honoring Wake County’s fallen law enforcement heroes.

Photos by Lee Wilson can be viewed here.

6th Annual NCFFF Memorial


On Saturday, 07 May 2011 the band had the distinct honor to lead the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters memorial march through downtown Raleigh. More than 226 firefighters were remembered during the Sixth Annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

This is the band’s 5th year participating in the services – and we were pleased to see our brothers and sisters from the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes & Drums join us in the Capitol City to honor our fallen comrades with the stirring sound of the pipes & drums.

From our Drum Major, Jason Lane: Thanks to all my brothers and sisters of the district for taking time out of your busy schedules on such a beautiful Saturday to help honor our fallen! What a great turn out…as always it was an honor to march with you!


Additional photos by our official band photographer – Vero McMillan – can be seen here

Additional photos by LEE WILSON – can be seen here

Additional photos by MIKE LEGEROS – can be seen here

Heroes’ Welcome – Flight of Honor (04 May 2011)


On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 hundreds gathered at Raleigh Durham International Airport to give a heroes’ welcome to Triangle veterans who participated in the Flight of Honor to Washington, D.C. About 200 North Carolina veterans from World War II and other wars visited the national memorials built in their honor on a daylong trip to the nation’s capital. Family members, tourists and Sen. Kay Hagan greeted the veterans when they arrived at the National WWII memorial Memorial and members of Wake & District were HONORED to lead the way by providing the stirring sounds of the pipes and drums.

Thank you to all the band members who came out to play – what a remarkable night – what an honor.

In the words of Ronald Reagan: “…Our young friends — yes, young friends, for in our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth, love of life, love of joy, love of country — you fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you…”.