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


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Man who assaulted Chilliwack RCMP officer sentenced

Jason Roberto Vatcher gets 60 days jail for Mountie assault, 10 months for firearms convictions

Harrison Festival fundraiser dance to have ’70s theme and features Chilliwack band

Chilliwack band The Vacationers to perform at May 31 Harrison Festival Society’s fundraising concert

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from May 26 to June 2

Seabird Island opens 50th annual festival

The weekend festival will see First Nations teams compete in soccer, three-pitch and canoe races

Chilliwack school district estimates costs of tampons, pads at $22,500 annually

Free menstrual products to be provided in washrooms and medical rooms by end of 2019

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Semis catch fire at wrecker off Highway 1 in west Abbotsford

Crews called to scene at around 2 p.m., finding up to six semis that had caught fire at the wrecker

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Most Read