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dream big, strive for excellence…

“Vision without execution is just hallucination.” ― Henry Ford

From LifeHack.org (by ) — We all know Henry Ford best for founding the world-renowned Ford Motor Company and transforming the way products are built in the United States. While it’s certainly easy to idolize someone who had so much business success, Henry Ford actually experienced many of the highs and lows people (organizations) face everyday. However, his experience and his triumphs make for some incredible life lessons.

From enduring the Great Depression to dealing with a high turnover rate at his factory, Henry Ford had to experience several failures that all added up to his incredible, historic successes. The best part is that if you need help overcoming an obstacle today, many of his life lessons are still applicable…

1. Seek Advice from Others — One of the biggest mistakes Henry Ford made was not listening to some of his most trusted advisers. Many people, his son included, warned him about the rising popularity of other cars, yet Henry Ford did not adapt well to these changes. By the end of his life, although he was a wealthy man, Ford Motor Company was third and not first in the automobile industry. His company certainly did not lose any of the prestige it had in its earlier days, but had Mr. Ford kept up with innovations, he could have been more of a leader in the industry.

2. Invest in What Works — What makes Henry Ford so successful is he took his business idea and made it bigger. Had he stayed with his original small factory, he wouldn’t be the icon that we know today. Every time he wanted to improve his company, he invested in a much larger factory to produce more products. He even diversified and started offering more services than just automobiles. Even though all of these changes were cost intensive, Henry Ford was willing to take the risk and invest in what worked.

3. Create For Everyone — Many successful business people have made their fortune catering to the rich, but Henry Ford created products that appealed to everyone. He even raised the salary of his factory workers to the point where they could actually afford the cars they were making. This led to reducing the turnover rate that plagued the Ford Motor Company in the early years.

4. “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.” —  This is one of our favorite Henry Ford quotes, and it’s one of his best-life lessons. It’s so easy to place blame on other people or to point the finger at someone else for your mistakes. However, one of the most integral skills you can learn in life is taking responsibility for your actions. Even better, take it one step further and find a solution to the problem. This will guarantee you much success in life.

5. Always Produce High Quality Work — Henry Ford once said, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking,” and that is absolutely true. We should all be at our best at all times, not only when our Pipe Major or Drum Sergeant are watching or judges are watching. Creating good habits and developing into good players is much more important than getting ahead through unethical methods.

6. Have Passion For What You Do — If you don’t have enthusiasm for your band, then it’s time to find a new one! While you won’t have a perfect practice, rehearsal or contest every time, having a passion for what you do will make everything more worthwhile. It might take some time to find this passion, but Henry Ford’s life lessons show us they are worth fighting for.

7. Anything is possible — Last but not least, Henry Ford showed the world anything is possible. He built an iconic company from the ground up, running it himself, buying out investors, and making it bigger and better every year. He did his research, learned from great business owners who were using assembly lines, and adapted it to fit his product. He was an innovator and someone who championed personal growth. He treated his people well and raised their wages. He encouraged others to do the same. Like any person, he was not perfect, but his story offers some great life lessons that can still be used to this day.

In our opinion, Henry Ford is definitely worthy of his status as one of America’s giants. His life lessons can certainly help all of us to stretch ourselves, dream big, remain accountable, and strive for excellence.


 We certainly stretched ourselves this weekend at the Smoky Mountain Highland Games.  Congrats to our solo players for their placings — Tom Foote (Professional Drummer of the Day), John Lovett (Amateur Bass Drummer of the Day), Martina Murphy (Amateur Tenor Drummer of the Day), Timothy Hinson (G3 Piper of the Day) — along with  Christina Raig and Steve Turnball for second place medals in snare and bass drumming respectively.

Our band bands finished as follows:

  • G3 Medley – 1,1,1,1 (out of 2) — 1st place
  • G3 MSR – 1,1,1,1 (out of 2) — 1st place
  • G4 Medley – 4,2,4,1 (out of 5) — 3rd place
  • G5 QMM – 3,3,3, 2 (out of 3) — 3rd place

Sharing a note from the games vice president — John V. Rose, who did an AMAZING job of keeping things organized…

Thank you to everyone.  To the stewards:  Thanks for your hard work.  All of you did a great job in helping run a very smooth competition. To the Bands:  Thanks for your all day participation in competition, mass bands, in pleasing the crowds.  To the Judges:  Thanks for a long day.  Your efforts were great.  I never heard any complaints from any of you.  To the individual competitors:  You made the day run smooth.  No crazy questions.  No issues.  To all — please come back next year.  We are in this to have fun.  Even though the competition is tough we do this for the fun.  The board members of the games tries very hard to make them run smoothly and make everyone feel at home.  Please feel free to offer suggestions for improvements.  We will listen and do the best we can. Now I’m tired and will sit as peacefully on the couch as I can.   Again, thank you all very much for a successful games.

Thank you John, we had fun…


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why we teach music…

Music is a science
It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph
which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once
and with the most exact control of time.

Music is mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously,
not worked out on paper.

Music is a foreign language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English–
but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.
The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is history
Music usually reflects the environments and times of its creation, often even the country
and.or racial feeling.

Music is a physical education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheek, and facial muscles,
in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles,
which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is all these things, but most of all MUSIC IS ART
It allows a human being to take all these dry technically boring (but difficult) techniques
and use them to create emotion. That is one thing that science cannot duplicate:
humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

That is Why We Teach Music…
Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun
Not Because we expect you to major in music
BUT–so you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good–in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless we know how to live?


#MusicIsArt


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Raleigh’s (newest) bravest…

The City of Raleigh Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for the 40th Fire Academy on Thursday, 15 May 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.   The 36 graduates have completed more than 998 hours of classroom, practical and physical fitness training. Upon graduation they will be certified by the State of North Carolina as a firefighter level II, emergency medical technician and hazardous materials responder. The diverse class of 32 men and 4 women includes local high school graduates and recruits from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington.

 “We are very proud of these new firefighters that have endured rigorous training with dedication and perseverance,” Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said.

Wake and District is honored to participate in the graduation ceremony – and would like to extend our congratulations to all the graduates; we wish you a safe career while protecting the public.


 

The graduating recruits will help fill open positions, including firefighters reassigned to Station 29, when the new companies Engine 29 and Ladder 9 are placed in service next month. They are:

Rontaegus L. Alford
Jacob T. Atkins
Ryan W. Ault
Scott D. Bartow
Dillon N. Brown
Jonathan W. Brown
Eric R. Champion
Christian C. Christopoulos
Andrew E. Davis
James L. Davis
Rebecca E. Davis
Bradley T. Faucette
Britney M. Fitchpatrick
Randy D. Fobbs
Tyler L. Gouge
Eric T. Griffin Jr.
John T. Hauser
Cody A. Heakins
Eric A. Hisey
Alexis R. John
Daniel E. Kennon
Christopher R. King
Joseph A. Lane Jr.
Timothy M. Lee
Justin J. Melanson
Ryan L. Nelson
Tyler C. Parrott
Christopher K. Patterson
Rafael Perez-Valdivia
Aaron W. Proctor
Nicholas W. Robinson
Diana N. Trout
Aaron M. Voss
Jordan L. Whitley
Nicholas K. Williams
Aaron M. Winfree

 

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class photo by Mike Legeros — candid photos by Lee Wilson


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be grateful…

Everyone that has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows the ultimate sacrifice may 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 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

These heroes are no longer with us. But we can tell you in our hearts, we will always remember and be grateful for your husband, your wife, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your daughter, your son. We will make sure that their names and their memories live on in the hearts, minds, and souls of our community for generations to come.

To learn more about National Police Week — please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation website here.


 

I Was a Police Officer
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 Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home drunk and is beating you again.

Today I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.

Today I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.

Today I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone.

Today I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief.

Today I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident.

Today I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were to busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived.

No, today I will not do that.

Why?

Because Today I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.

Today I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.

Today I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen.

Today I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.

Today I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was to busy.

Today I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.

Today I was killed doing my job.

A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won’t be coming home today.

The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today but most people won’t know why.

There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps will be played as I am laid to rest.

My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere.

A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.

There will be no cries for justice.

There will be no riots in the streets.

There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace.”

No citizens will scream that something must be done.

No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.

Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.

I was a police officer.

 


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on that day…

On Saturday, 06 May 2006 the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation held the inaugural ceremony dedicating a new fallen firefighter’s memorial; honoring firefighters from across the Old North State who sacrificed their lives serving others.

On that day — local firefighters Joe Harwell, Mike Bishop, Lloyd Johnson, Jason Lane (among others) were in attendance — watching the march from the sidelines. Until that day the Wake County region had rarely seen the pipes and drums at a fire service — event except on TV or in the movies.

The march was led by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band along with a local guest piper — Joe Brady. Throughout the day Mike, Lloyd and Jason “hemmed Joe up” about the bagpipes.

2007 NCFFF Memorial March

2006 NCFFF Memorial March with the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and Drums


About 2 months later a group of like minded folks got together and held a  meeting about forming a public safety pipe band serving Wake County and the surrounding region; Wake and District was born. Ten years later — changing uniforms, changing members, changing tunes – never missing a year.


From our Drum Major — Jason Lane:  I know May is one heck of a month and we all have families outside the band — I just want to say thanks to all my brothers and sisters who put in all the hard work practicing and playing events.  Events like the NCFFF march and memorial are long and can be trying — I am very proud of our band and what we do.  

31 people on deck today with 18 pipers, 12 drummers and my ugly self, we looked good and sounded good. Today was a first for some of our members and the fourth, fifth and tenth for others.” I cannot thank you enough” were the words from the families, honor guards and firefighters who thanked me after it was over. So please have a great rest of the weekend and I do love you all.  As I told Joe years back standing on the same streets —

Today is not about you,
it’s not about me,
it’s not about us,
it is about the families  —
Those sitting in chairs holding flags.
That is who we are here for.
–  Jason Lane

Over the past 9 years Wake and District has seen tremendous growth which has been exhausting at times, yet remains fulfilling.  Little did we know where this chance encounter would lead us — year after year — AMAZING people on a journey of sorts — doing the right things for the right reasons — remaining true to our mission.  FOR OUR FALLEN remains everything we stand for.  God Bless our band family.

#ForOurFallen  #RightThings  #RightReasons #NoExcuses

 


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spirit of the south scholarship…

The Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums is investing in the next generation of pipers and drummers; young people working hard to improve piping and drumming quality, as well as promote Scottish culture and tradition. We are striving to make funding available (for piping and drumming camps) to those who may not otherwise be able to attend due to financial reasons.

The band has created the Spirit of the South Scholarship for EUSPBA pipers and drummers 18 years of age and younger who share our spirit and love of this tradition.  We will award $1200 in scholarships based on criteria which will be evaluated from the the application questionnaire.

The scholarship committee is comprised of leaders in the Southern branch of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association piping and drumming community including:

  • Jerry Finegan – EUSPBA judge and member of the G3 Atlanta Pipe Band
  • Ken McKeveny – EUSPBA judge and pipe major of the G3 Wake and District Pipe Band
  • Robert Minnear – EUSPBA judge and pipe major of the G3 Atlanta Pipe Band
  • Sally Warburton – EUSPBA judge and member of the G3 Grandfather Mountain Pipe Band
  • Billy Gehringer – D/Sgt of the G3 SAU pipe band and member of the G1 78th Fraser Highlanders

Candidates are advised to submit their applications along with a letter of recommendation from an instructor.  Additional supporting materials such as multimedia links are welcome.

The deadline for applications is May 15th.
Scholarship awards will be announced by May 30th.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Good luck and best wishes for your successful piping or drumming endeavors!



DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE
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For more information about this topic, please contact Wake and District by calling 919.374.8166 or sending an e-mail to info@raleighpipeband.com

#NewTraditions #NextGeneration


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marching for our fallen…

On Saturday, 02 May 2015 – members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums will be participating in the 10th 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.

Our program honors those who sacrifice their lives to serve others; FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for. We strive to be humble and grateful for our members, our collective talents, hard work – and the opportunities we have to serve, perform and grow.  We are privileged to support NCFFF and their on-going efforts honoring North Carolina’s bravest.


 

Please join us — alongside hundreds of firefighters from across North Carolina — at Nash Square in Downtown Raleigh on the 2nd of May @ 10:00 am for the memorial march and 1:00  pm for the memorial service.

Line of Duty 2015 Honorees

Ralph Wynne Pactolus VFD 7/31/1999
Donald Ray Miller Glendale Springs VFD 2/4/2014
John Derek Gupton Justice Rural VFD 9/16/2014
Steven Brad McCoy Nantahala FD 11/21/2014
Ricky Wooten Doub Forbush VFD 12/16/2014
Halbert Campbell NC Forest Service 11/17/1973
James Halliburton NC Forest Service 8/13/2014
Thomas Gerald Lee Four Oaks FD 2/1/2014


Dedicated May 6, 2006 Located in the center of historic Nash Square, Raleigh NC, the total Memorial is 50 feet diameter. The central sculpture “Heroism & Sacrifice” is comprised of four life-size bronze firefighters in a realistic action collapsed building fatal fire scene, uniquely the first time such has been created in a large prestigious memorial. One firefighter is dying, having been crushed by a fallen I-beam; a comrade is holding the fallen firefighter’s head and calling for help; another firefighter is struggling to lift off the heavy I-beam; and the fourth firefighter is using an attack hose to keep the fire away from the rest of the team. Their realistic facial expressions add to the intense drama and impact of this unique Memorial. Designed for 360 degrees viewing, wherever a visitor stands, a face of at least one firefighter is always visible. The sculpture is also lighting engineered for night-time fire effects. Surrounding this central masterpiece sculpture is a brick wall with granite slabs on which is engraved the names of all North Carolina’s fallen firefighters, past, currently and will also have those fallen in future centuries …thus becoming a “living memorial”.  For more information on the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation please visit their website here.


 

Those who serve, those who sacrificed – are never forgotten.


Maps

Map of Nash Square 201 S Dawson St Raleigh, NC 27601, US

Raleigh Area Map

Raleigh Area PDF 

Parking Map

Parking Map

Parade Info
The parade will start at 10am

Parade Route

Parade Map PDF


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11 reasons why you should move to Raleigh…

1. Great Location — Raleigh is centrally located with easy access to everywhere in the Triangle area. Raleigh is among the best places to live, start a business, raise a family, and earn a world-class education. The Triangle area is only a few hours from the mountains or the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

2. World Class Health Care — Keeping your family healthy is important. The Triangle is an international center of medical care and research and has one of the highest concentrations of doctors and hospitals. Major health care providers include WakeMed, Rex Healthcare, Duke Raleigh Hospital in Wake County, Duke University/Medical Center and UNC Hospitals. These hospitals consistently rank among the highest in the nation.

3.
The Road to Higher EducationWhether you are looking for high quality education for your children or yourself, we have it! The Wake County Public School System continually ranks as one of the best in the country and is one of the primary reasons relocating families choose to live in Raleigh. If you would like more information, just give us a call. We would be happy to provide all of the latest school information.  The Triangle area is also home to several world class universities, Duke University, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. The entire Triangle has 18 colleges, universities and community colleges and has the highest concentration of PhD’s in the country!

4. Career/Business Opportunities -Raleigh NC consistently ranks as one of the best places to work and start a business. Thanks to the diverse economic base, our residents can choose to work in a wide variety of industries. Our 3 largest industries are government, education and health care. In addition, we are internationally known for our industry leading high-tech companies in industries that include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, computer software and hardware, and textiles.

5.
Climate and Recreation — 
Visitors always comment on how friendly the people are in Raleigh…and why not? we know how good we have it! From Raleigh, the majesticBlue Ridge Mountains are only a few hours to the west and the legendary Outer Banks and beaches along the Atlantic Coast are only a couple of hours to the east.   North Carolina is known for its mild weather year round and its four distinct seasons. We usually get a a very small amount of snow each winter so the kids can build their snowman and then the next day it usually melts! Mild weather means year-round outdoor activities whether you like biking, hiking, boating, swimming or sports. What more could you want?

6. Arts and Culture — Raleigh is home to a number of world-class museums that are among the largest and best in the Southeast. In the capital area residents can enjoy the North Carolina Museum of History and The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Also downtown is the Marbles Kids Museum which offers new exhibits each month for people of all ages to enjoy. If you prefer a night out at the theater, the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be. The performing arts center features the Memorial Auditorium, Fletcher Opera Theater and the Meymandi Concert Hall. These are home to the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Theater and The Carolina Ballet. Be sure to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art with its new collections and the 164 acre Museum Park which combines art and nature.  The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, and the RBC Center provide plenty of opportunity to see exciting live music performances and concerts from your favorite artists.

7. Sports?…Absolutely! — One of our favorite pastimes is cheering for our favorite championship teams. For excitement, look no further than the highly competitive Alantic Coast Conference for action packed college basketball and football teams from Duke, UNC, and NC State.  The Triangle area is also home to the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes, the Carolina Mudcats (AA Baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds), the Durham Bulls (AAA Baseball affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays), and the Carolina RailHawks soccer team.!

8. Shop ’til you Drop! — We have everything here from the small boutique shops to the large fantastic malls. Raleigh is a shopper’s paradise with everything from Kohl’s to Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Between Cary, Raleigh, and Durham, you will find 5 major malls with more than 450 stores. Raleigh has Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, North Hills, and Cameron Village. Durham has its outstanding Streets at Southpointe Mall, and Cary has the Cary Towne Center. If you can’t find it here, it does not exist!

9. Bon Appetite — With 100 restaurants and clubs in downtown Raleigh alone, you can see why it is the place to be. When it comes to nightlife, you will find some of the hottest places around to dance or listen to some of the best live music. Our diverse mix of pubs, breweries and nightclubs are just a few reasons why everyone enjoys our area. We have some of the best restaurants in the South! Enjoy a good steak? Try our Angus Barn, ranked as one of the best steakhouses in America with the most outstanding wine list in the world according to Wine Spectator. How does our famous slow-cooked barbecue, fresh seafood from the coast, or homemade Italian cuisine sound?

10. Golf Galore — When it comes to golf destinations and outstanding golf communities, the state of North Carolina ranks among the most recognized in the country. The best part is that you can golf just about year-round. There is something here for every golfer from Raleigh’s public access courses to Pinehurst’s nationally known courses. Select golf courses in the Raleigh area include the Hale Irwin designed TPC course at Wakefield Plantation, the Tom Fazio designed course at Hasentree, the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at the Brier Creek Country Club, and the challenging Heritage Wake Forest golf course.

11.  The eminent and infectiously fun – Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums (Raleigh’s pipe band) The band is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve piping and drumming quality, culture and tradition in the region; never compromising people and the art. Established in 2006, the program honors those who sacrifice their lives while serving others; FOR OUR FALLEN is everything they stand for.  The the band competes in Grades 3, 4 and 5 and teaches young and old the greatest musical traditions of the bagpipes and drums.  Want to join the band?  Send us an email – -info@RaleighPipeBand.com 

 


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right things, right reasons #GoBald…

On Saturday, 25 April 2015 members of the Wake and District Pipe Band headed out to Tir Na nOg not to play the pipes and drums — rather, to shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research  (raising over $2500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation)!

Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.   You can still donate here.

A HUGE shout-out to our Team Captain (and Big Toe) Kristopher Stuart, for organizing the merriment.  Drum Sergeant Patrick O’Leary raised the most funds with $520.00.  And BRAVO to our newest tenor drummer — Martina Murphy for going under the clippers and shaving her head!

Here is a list of all the members of team Wake and District:

  • Kris Stuart, Team Captain — head and beard shaved
  • Patrick O’Leary – head and beard shaved
  • Chris Stevens – BEARD SHAVED
  • Hamish Stevens – head shaved
  • Jeff Rogers – beard shaved
  • Jeremy Egen – BIG head of hair shaved
  • Dyand Radford – head and sort of a beard shaved
  • Joe Brady – grey hair removed
  • Martina Murphy – head shaved!!!

 


#StBaldricks – #Shavee – #GoBald – #BaldSelfie – #ConquerKidsCancer


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lest we forget (Anzac Day)…

Today (25 April 2015) is Anzac Day – a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.  To our comrades in in Australia and New Zealand our thoughts are with you and all those lost at war.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

– Ronald Reagan

In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula, according to a plan by Winston Churchill to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, which was an ally of Germany during the war. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Army commanded by Mustafa Kemal (later known as Atatürk). What had been planned as a bold strike to knock the Ottomans out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915, the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. The Allied casualties included 21,255 from the United Kingdom, an estimated 10,000 dead soldiers from France, 8,709 from Australia, 2,721 from New Zealand, and 1,358 from British India. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians and New Zealanders at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which they remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.

Though the Gallipoli campaign failed to achieve its military objectives of capturing Constantinople and knocking the Ottoman Empire out of the war, the actions of the Australian and New Zealander troops during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as an “Anzac legend” became an important part of the national identity in both countries. This has shaped the way their citizens have viewed both their past and their understanding of the present.