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From: "Pat R" <>
Subject: Re: [Scot] Pipers at funerals
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 16:21:41 -0800
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Thank you for this information, Dave
It was a most moving ceremony with the pipers, one at the front of the
church and one at the back, playing Amazing Grace. By the time I had the TV
on, the ceremony was underway so I don't know if they escorted Chapman's
body into the church just prior to the service. At the point in the service
where Amazing Grace was played, first we were shown the piper in the front,
then the piper more towards the doors was shown. After a bit, the
congregation was asked to sing and the pipers stepped out of view (or the
cameramen changed their target). I can't remember at just what point it was,
but it was before the service was over, a contingent of seven Green Berets
gave Sgt Chapman a 21-gun salute. They were standing just in front of the
church. As the casket was carried from the church by six or eight Green
Berets, the piper lead the way. We didn't get to see the burial ceremony
except for a brief clip and I don't think we were shown pipers. As for those
Green Berets, I'd put my life in their hands any day.
As for the Marines, God Bless them. They took my out of control 19 year old
son who was on the verge of heading to hell in a handbasket and made 'one
good man' out of him. Boot camp wasn't hard enough, he loved the
camaraderie, it brought out all the good things in him. He didn't stay in,
but it flavored the course of his life and for that I thank God. I would
guess that you are one of them, thank your for your service.
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Subject: Re: [Scot] Pipers at funerals

> In a message dated 11/01/02 1:59:59 PM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Good morning, Listers,
> Can someone tell how the use of Scottish pipers (is that a redundancy?)
> became part of funeral tradition? I've just watched SPC Sgt Nathan
> funeral at Fort Lewis and pipers were part of the Green Beret ceremony. It
> was a very somber and moving ceremony, ending with the Ballad of the Green
> Beret.
> We have another young man from Washington State killed in this war
> terrorism. Marine Sgt. Nathan Hays of Wilbur was killed a few days ago
> his plane hit a mountain side. Wilbur is just a few miles from here. I did
> not know Nathan, but I do know his parents through business connections.
> thanks,
> Pat >>
> In a nut shell. The pipers played at the bequest or orders of the Clan
> Chief, so when the clan went to war the piper went with them, usually at
> front. When the clans became regiments the pipers went to war with the
> chiefs, who became the commanding officers. When the chief was killed or
> died, as in natural causes the piper would go on a hill and play a lament,
> (phonetic) = Pea Broch (ch as in loch) Through time tunes were written to
> mark special events such as battles, deaths or lives of important people
> The use of the piper in America came from the Scottish forces used in
> of America, and her enemy and often ally Britain which used Scottish
> regiments in America. Most often a piper at a funeral in America will play
> Amazing Grace I suppose because it is a very old song. In a Scottish
> the most often used song for a funeral is "The Flowers of The Forest"
> has lovely words to it.
> Sgt. Hays has an obvious Scottish connection by virtue of his name. The
> general format for the piper is to lead the casket to the grave site,
> down while the prayers and uligies are made, stand with the coffin to his
> right, facing west, or the family, which is usually facing east, Amazing
> Grace or what ever song is chosen is played, (slow march to the burial
> after the coffin is lowered, (or at the end of the funeral/graveside
> the piper then plays a slow march just long enogh for the party to slow
> from the grave side and once they are in line and able to march properly,
> regimental march, which in this case would be the Marine Hymn to march the
> bearers out and regiment out at "quick time."
> (Note: In America the bugler often plays retreat, (Last Post) so that will
> when the bearer and honour party leaves the coffin side.) At smaller
> ceremonies the bearers are often the same people who fire the 3 gun salute
> the y are already away with just the senior officer left at the coffin. I
> sure this funeral will have a full contingent.
> If I or the station can be of any service at all, with music or anything
> please do not hesitate to call, no Marine journeys this road alone, he/she
> takes a little of us all with them even us old ones. He is not dead, he is
> simply changing duty stations. "Heaven's streets are guarded by United
> Marines"
> Dave
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