Pipe Major Greg McCormick and Drum Sgt. Doug Holloway will be at the James “Piper” Richardson statue at 6 a.m. on Nov. 11 as part of the international Battle’s Over tribute. (Submitted)

Early morning bagpipe playing at Chilliwack memorial on Nov. 11

Piper Greg McCormick taking part in international Battle’s Over tribute at Piper Richardson statue

Greg McCormick’s neighbours in Garrison Crossing are familiar with the sound he makes when he practises.

That’s because McCormick plays the bagpipes and he likes to practise outside, sending his unique sound across the neighbourhood.

And five hours before Remembrance Day ceremonies this Sunday, McCormick will be downtown as he pipes at the statue of Chilliwack’s most famous war hero, Piper James Richardson.

Pipe Major McCormick will be joined by Drum Sgt. Doug Holloway – both correctional officers – as the two take part in an international “Battle’s Over” tribute on Nov. 11 a.m. at 0600 hours.

Hundreds of pipers around the world have registered for the tribute set up by the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland.

Why so early in the morning?

“Well, the Armistice of Compiègne was signed at that time on November 11, 1918,” according to the College of Piping website. “It marked the end of the fighting on the Western Front and ultimately the end of the Great War, that terrible, gruelling four year conflict that saw millions killed and wounded, including around 2,000 pipers. Countries all around the world were affected in what was one of the largest wars in history.”

The call is for pipers to play the retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er, at 0600 hours local time at any location, whether at a cenotaph or war memorial, or even outside the piper’s house.

McCormick said he obviously felt the Richardson statue was a perfect spot given he was a piper and a war hero. Richardson was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of an enemy available in the Commonwealth.

On Oct. 8, 1916 in Somme, France, Richardson strode up and down the trench inspiring the company to go over the top to great success. Sadly, after helping wounded comrades back, Richardson went back out to recover his pipes but he was never seen again.

“The story is pretty famous,” McCormick said. “We figure that’s the best place locally to pay tribute.”

• READ MORE: War sites in Western Front and the grave of Piper James Richardson

• READ MORE: Chilliwack to commemorate Piper Richardson centennial


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Two people, dog escape house fire in Chilliwack

The early-morning blaze started around 6 a.m. on Third Avenue

Chilliwack Chiefs host Langley as Sardis Sports Complex opens

The BCHL teams will play a preseason game on the new ice sheet Aug. 29.

PHOTOS: Paintings return to Kilby for fifth annual festival

The Plein Air Festival will be taking place at the historic site all weekend

Envision Financial hosting barbecue fundraiser at Chilliwack’s Sardis Park to help fire victims

Residents of the Park Ridge apartment building are struggling in the wake of the devastating fire.

Cougar spotted in Seabird Island

Residents are asked to report all sightings to conservation

Chilliwack hosts police from around the world in specialized training

Members of the International Police Association hold training workshop in Canada for the first time

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Young balance-bikers race in B.C.’s inaugural Strider Cup

The course has several obstacles including ‘Mount Scary’ and the ‘Noodle Monster’

Most Read