4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3090 posts, RR: 9 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1248 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
RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 833 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1210 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.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1200 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?