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Bagpipes And Funerals, A Morbid Cliche  
User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3033 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Is it just me, or is there something terribly wrong with a profession that high fives when they see on the news that a cop or fireman was killed on the job because they know they are about to get a gig? Who started this godawful insanity? Do we really think Amazing Grace on the pipes is appropriate at EVERY SINGLE FUNERAL of a cop/fireman? It's just creepy at this point!
I've felt this way for a while, but this article devotes several sentences to the pipers alone!
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/05350/623602.stm

Seriously, is it just me or is this just wrong?


Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 827 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

With all due respect to the deceased and their loved ones, yes, I do agree with you. It has become a cliche. I don't remember it much before about ten years or so ago and now I cringe every time the routine shows up on TV news.

Hey, these people who sacrificed their lives in public service were individuals--so how about a ceremony that shows their individuality and isn't just part of a cookie-cutter routine.



I'm sorry, ma'am, I don't work for the airline.
User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Aren't most funerals pretty morbid?

User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Bagpipes are pretty much a fixture at a lot of funeral services here. (And weddings, for some bizarre reason!).

I think they add to the melancholy of the situation, which seems to suit most people. A lot depends on the ability of the piper. Maybe we dont get as many public cop/fireman funerals, so it doesn't have the exposure to become a cliche - the description of the massed band of pipers, and the lone piper disappearing over a hill sure sounds extremely theatrical. (... makes mental note for last requests...)

But isn't a funeral meant to be about the deceased, and not the special effects? Sounds like the organisers had the priorities a bit skewed maybe?

Cheers
Bill



"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

Someone, I don't recall the source,once definated a gentleman as someone
who knows how to play the bagpipes...but doesn't.  Smile
TPAnx



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

One man's cliche is another's tradition.

Most Police/Firefighter funerals are the same, though I'm sure the department would honor any special requests by the family.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5167 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

i thought each fire department in the US had its own pipe band, and it was them that played at the funerals for their colleagues?


That'll teach you
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5):
One man's cliche is another's tradition

Exactly.

Not every LEO or FF gets the pipes. Those that die in the line of duty or have a long history in the profession are the most-likely candidates. However, the family has the final say.

I've made my wishes aware to my friends and family. I want the pipes. I also want one of my department's trucks to carry my casket...no hearse for me.

Mark


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

Quoting TNboy (Reply 3):
(And weddings, for some bizarre reason!).

Wedding = end of life.


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