A Colorado pipe band comprised of first responders is in Normandy, France, to help honor the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord.
The Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band specializes in playing the bagpipes, one of the most solemn and heartstring-tugging instruments in existence.
“The tone just kind of runs through you,” said Mike West, the band’s pipe major. “You know, it’s solemn. Most people associate [bagpipes] with a funeral. That’s usually the only time that most people hear them.”
According to KDVR, the organization is known for playing at funerals for first responders and participating in large-scale parades.
For the troupe, this D-Day celebration will be a personal and special mission.
“It’s been really pretty special. A lot of the guys have researched their own family members that served and fought over there and so we’re going to spend a lot of time looking for the places where their grandfathers might have been and those places,” West said.
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