Terrace Pipes and Drums Society marches in the Riverboat Days Parade Aug. 4. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Remembering 100 years

Bagpipes will be heard throughout Terrace at 6 a.m. on Sunday

This Remembrance Day in the early morning, keep your ears out.

Pipers across Terrace will be paying tribute to the 100th-anniversary signing of the Armistice of Compiègne as part of an international commemoration set for Nov. 11 at 6 a.m.

The Armistice ended the fighting in the First World War between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.

Although the pipers won’t be in uniform, there will be approximately eight to 10 members from the Terrace Pipes and Drums Society standing on their porches and balconies to play When the Battle is Over on their bagpipes.

The unique tribute is organized by UK’s Bruno Peek, the pageant master of the Battle’s Over: A Nation’s Tribute. He has been coordinating this global vision for the past four years, encouraging pipers everywhere to partake.

READ MORE: Terrace pipe-and-drum group march to first-place finish in Prince Rupert

The sound of almost 2,000 bagpipes will be heard before dawn throughout Canada and overseas, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA, Germany, France, Denmark and even Somalia.

When the Battle is Over was a retreat march that was played for soldiers when they’d return to their barracks at the end of the day. It was composed in the late 19th century by Pipe Major William Robb.

The Battle’s Over will hold other tributes in all corners of the world on Nov.11, such as lighting beacons and ringing church bells, commemorating this centenary passing.

READ MORE: B.C. church bell to toll again in memory of First World War

The Terrace Pipes and Drums Society will also be marching in the city’s Remembrance Day Parade set to begin at 10:25 a.m. from the Safeway Parking Lot. The parade will end at Tillicum Theatre, where a short service will take place before the parade reconvenes to lay wreaths at the City Hall Cenotaph at 11 a.m.



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