One Band. One Mission.
Written in 2006, our Mission dictates our priority, first and foremost is to honor our fallen comrades. Today, the Mission continues to serve as our foundation and inspirational goal for our members, families, friends and fans around the world. It guides our day-to-day progress and reminds us our efforts are woven into the lives of others.
The Wake & District Mission
To provide a distinguished tribute FOR OUR FALLEN comrades – and to be of service to the family, friends and co-workers of public safety employees of Raleigh, Wake County and all those who serve and protect in the State of North Carolina.
- To provide a distinguishing tribute for our fallen heroes.
- To be of service to the family, friends and co-workers of public safety employees of Raleigh, Wake County and all those who serve and protect throughout North Carolina.
- To strengthen relations between the protective services and the public and to preserve cultural heritage and enrich our community by providing traditional bagpipe and drum music.
- For Our Fallen is everything we stand for.
We will follow our mission while being mindful of of the measures we make as a band.
The tradition of bagpipes and drums played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States of America goes back over 150 years.
When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to the States, they brought many of their customs with them. One of these was the bagpipe, often played at Celtic weddings, funerals and Céilís.
Those who have been to funerals when bagpipes play, know how haunting and mournful the sound of the pipes can be. Before too long, families and friends of non-Irish firefighters and police officers began asking for pipe bands to play for these fallen heroes. The pipes and drums add a special air and dignity to the solemn occasion.
Today, the tradition is universal and not just for the Irish or Scottish. The pipes have come to be a distinguishing feature of a fallen hero’s funeral.
The Wake and District Public Safety Pipe Band was formed in May of 2006 and originated out of the idea we need to better recognize and thank the individuals who risk their lives on a daily basis for the safety of the community. In addition to this goal this group strives to honor those heroes who have lost their lives in these endeavors.
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.
This is our commitment.
This is our duty.
FOR OUR FALLEN