Archive for May, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Honoring All Who Serve(d)

Memorial Day 2012Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860′s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Read More…


Fair Hill 2012

On the Road – Fair Hill Games 2012

Fair Hill 2012Saturday, 19 May 2012 was a long day for members of Wake & District who drove 6 hours North to Maryland to compete for the first time at the 52nd Annual Colonial Highland Gathering. Overall our Grade 5 group placed 4th out of 10 – and our Grade 4 group placed 7th out 13 (placing 4th in ensemble) . The season is young and we are doing a lot of things better – looking forward to the road ahead.

A couple of shout outs to solo players Seamus Russell for a 3rd in G3 March and Jean Russell for a 3rd in tenor drumming! Fair Hill was also the first time on the boards for piper Garrett Justice who had a good outing for his first time out in G4 solos.

Thank you to all the members of Wake & District who made the extended journey North – and to all of our family and friends who came out to support our efforts.

Congratulations to all the bands who came out to Fair Hill for a brilliant day of competition and to David Bailiff for putting on day full of camaraderie among pipe bands. This was our first trip up from North Carolina…and it will not be our last (next time we won’t drive there and back in 1 day).

22 hours for 3 minutes on the field…we love what we do.

Photos by our Official Band Photographer Véro McMillan can be seen here…


All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

16th military police brigadeMilitary police men and women – and their guests from the Fort Bragg community gathered at the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) Headquarters building Friday, 18 May 2012, to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.   Paratroopers of the 16th Military Police Brigade conducted a memorial ceremony at a bronze sculpture of boots, upturned rifle and helmet and to read a roll-call of 4 Soldiers who have died while serving with the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) in the past year.

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Wake County Police Memorial

Those who serve, those who sacrifice…

Those who sacrifice...On Wednesday, 16 May 2012 law enforcement officers, families and the public gathered outside the Progress Energy Center to honor the courage and sacrifice of Wake County’s 19 fallen officers at the fourth annual Wake County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  The ceremony, which was planned by representatives from the Raleigh Police Department, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Cary Police Department, Morrisville Police Department, Wake Forest Police Department, and the State Highway Patrol, is an annual event to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving Wake County.

Established  in 2006, our program honors those who sacrifice their lives to serve others; FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for.  For the 4th year in a row, Wake & District was honored to send one of our pipers to participate in this service honoring all those who serve and all those who sacrifice.


Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Members of Wake & District were caught on camera at the Clayton Law Enforcement Center on Sunday, 13 May 2012.  The players were gearing up for the Fair Hill Scottish Games which take place on Saturday, 19 May 2012 in Elkton, MD.  Wake & District will be represented in Grades 4 and 5 on the field.  Good luck to all 29 bands scheduled to compete.


National Police Week

In Memory of Many, In Honor of All

National Police Week 2012Everyone that has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows that 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.  Our community, our Nation will never forget their sacriface. Read More…


Campbell Commencement

Campbell Commencement

camelOn Saturday, 12 May 2012 members of Wake & District participated on the Campbell University commencement ceremonies.  This was snare drummer Dale Roe’s first time out on his own as the lead tip (well done Dale).  Piper Lloyd Johnson proudly filled in as our bass drummer for the ceremonies;  Lloyd is an alum of Campbell and it was there he met his wife Andrea.

Thank you to all the band members who took the time to spend the day in Harnett County – and special thanks to the Johnson family for supplying us with lunch and a firing range in between commencements…good times.


Standing Strong

What we stand for…

photo by Lee WilsonOn Saturday, 05 May 2012 Wake & District members participated on the 7th Annual North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters memorial service held at Nash Square in Raleigh, NC.  As the ceremony was nearing its end – organizers became aware severe weather was about to roll through and expedited the conclusion of the services. Read More…


NCFF 2012

7th Annual NCFFF Memorial March & Service

Those who serve, those who sacrificeOn Saturday, 05 May 2012 – members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums participated in the 7th Annual North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation (NCFFF) memorial march and service.  The NCFFF is organized to lead the effort to remember North Carolina’s fallen firefighters and their families.  Members of  Wake & District have participated in this event since 2006 and it was here (where fallen fire fighters from across North Carolina are remembered) Wake & District came into being.  Read More…