Raleigh’s pipe band — the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums — once again had the honor to play for Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and elected government officials on Monday 02 December 2013 at the 35th Raleigh City Council oath of office ceremony. Mayor McFarlane told our Drum Major, Jason Lane, with a smile “…everytime I turn around, you’re around me…”. It is our privilege madam Mayor, to supply a litle background music at such joyous events. Congratulations on your second term – and congratulations to all the elected officials serving the City of Oaks. Photos from the event taken by band member Ashby W Spratley III can be seen here
From the City of Raleigh web-portal: (http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content/CorNews/Articles/MayorandCityCouncilSwearingIn.html)
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Mayor and City Council was held Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Raleigh Convention Center.
The installation marked Nancy McFarlane’s second term as Mayor of Raleigh and the 35th Raleigh City Council under the council/manager form of government. This is the 21st City Council under the district system, with direct election of the Mayor.
Mayor McFarlane stressed that while it was wonderfully exciting to live in a city that is accustomed to winning laurels and top rankings, and being described by superlatives, it also carries with it an immense responsibility to maintain this envied quality of life and robust economy. She reminded the audience that in order to do that, the City must always be planning for 30 years down the road.
The Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums played the Council’s processional. A color guard from the City of Raleigh Fire Department presented the colors to begin the ceremony. The invocation was offered by the Rev. Dr. Tom Harris senior pastor of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. Musical renderings were offered by the F.B. Weaver choir of Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
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