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BayRacer

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Interesting history. When big cities first began to hire full time firefighters it was considered a fairly menial low level profession and as such many came from recent immigrants which at the time were often Irish. Hence the cultural connection to bagpipes and other things Irish that endures to this day. So bagpipes at funerals is a frequent tradition.

A couple videos I’ll post next are from the annual ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. It is an annual ceremony attended by thousands.

First is the day of the actual ceremony when the names of the fallen from the past year are inscribed on the wall. Worth noting that everyone marching in the massed pipes and drums is an active or retired firefighter most donating their time.

Next will be the “parade” down the Main Street attired in the “informal” uniforms of personal kilts etc. This is a prelude to everyone adjourning to the local bars to drink in memory and celebration of those departed.

Third is the massed “Amazing Grace” which is always the last moment before the crowd heads into the local bars.


Late to the discussion. For work, I used to travel a fair bit (now I have others to do that). But used to go to UK and Ireland occasionally.
Thought that bagpipes were more associated with Scottish heritage than Irish. Did some reading, guess bagpipes of some sort actually originated in the Middle East, and both Scotland and Ireland “adopted “ them, though Scotland maybe a couple centuries earlier than Ireland.
My father in law who is Irish heritage and loves to tell jokes (most now heard several times), likes to say something to the effect that Ireland gave the Scots bagpipes but they didn’t get the joke…
Sorry for the digression….
 

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Late to the discussion. For work, I used to travel a fair bit (now I have others to do that). But used to go to UK and Ireland occasionally.
Thought that bagpipes were more associated with Scottish heritage than Irish. Did some reading, guess bagpipes of some sort actually originated in the Middle East, and both Scotland and Ireland “adopted “ them, though Scotland maybe a couple centuries earlier than Ireland.
My father in law who is Irish heritage and loves to tell jokes (most now heard several times), likes to say something to the effect that Ireland gave the Scots bagpipes but they didn’t get the joke…
Sorry for the digression….
Celts (Scotts & Irishe) originatted in Middelle Easte......
 

Grabbler

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This always brings up an interesting observation for me. We all have this notion of what our funeral should be like after we’re dead. Except we’re gone. We won’t be there to observe. So we have this desire to somehow script and therefore have some control over what will happen as if it would matter somehow to us. Same thing with our ashes. “I want them spread here or there”. As if we’ll somehow like where the ashes are. Is it vanity? Perhaps it’s better left to those who are still alive to decide, after all funerals are actually for the living. As my own sunset is not a specific date but certainly a known time frame……it’s something I think about.
True story...I attended a funeral earlier this week...apparently Bob had arranged his departure down to a T...as we sat around at the wake a banner plane circled the beachside restaurant..."I told you I was sick signed Bob"...
 

Snaggletooth

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"I told you I was sick"
Famouse tombe stone in Key Weste cementarrey.

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dyslexic dog

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Its interesting to me that I find more of the people I know are planing on getting cremated and do not want a gravesite proper. Thats my plan but I take comfort in going to my folks grave and sharing memories in the moment. I don't want to "own" a spot on this earth but I have enjoyed my visit.
 

b green

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Buried alive in the blues......written for j Joplin , but she died before she could record the vocals.
Not sure who wrote it, Butterfield? Cooper?
 

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