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A Piper's Remembrance
Perhaps it is the ancient scale of the instrument that makes the solemn and powerful poetry of the bagpipe the most enduring of all musical accompaniments for funerals and memorials. For hundreds of years, people far and wide have bade farewell or gave memorials to their dearly departed with the music of the pipes.
Recent history has proven that bagpipes continue to be associated with the most touching of all funeral services and memorials, the latest one being that of Ronald Reagan where the world saw on TV piper Eric Rigler leading pallbearers to the march towards the fallen leader’s resting place (see video here). As Princess Diana’s hearse rolled slowly, the resonant strain of the lone piper playing “Amazing Grace” along the route blended and gave fitting expression to the intense emotions of the crowd that lined the streets.
From the victims of 9/11, to funeral and memorial services for members of the police and military forces in many parts of the world—the bagpipes express those emotions when all else fail.
Below are some suggestions on when bagpipes would be best suited for a funeral or memorial service:
Video Coverage of Pres. Reagan's Memorial Service
Download and watch news footage of U.S. President Reagan's Funeral service. Footage taken on June 7, 2004 courtesy of Fox News.
Special thanks to Matthew (3D Piper) for the digitized video and Fox News for the video footage.
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by: Lester Esposo