I finally His commander ordered him to wade on the Normandy shores and play Scottish classics, even though England had banned bagpipers. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full. like that before. Nothing to indicate © Copyright 2015. As we chatted with the nurses at the reception desk, the fun & encouragement. "As well as the pride we felt, it reminded us of home, and why we were fighting there for our lives and those of our loved ones," Duncan said. what had happened, and to whom. Your entre into the world of old-fashioned fizz and showbiz. Pumpkin and Rum, a winning combination, like Reiner & rooks, Burns & Allen and Poehler & Fey. Lovat "said I was to play and he would worry about the consequences later," Millin said. Oklahoma back country. The baby is sick, and you need As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. He recalled later talking to German soldiers who said he was spared because they thought he was crazy. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. Whether being roasted, toasted, feted, or awarded, a Friar relies on his wry sense of humor. and 16 great grand-children. It is believed the pied piper tale talks of such an incident where Hamelins youth resettled somewhere and never returned never to be seen again. being a typical man didn't stop for directions. Our Rye Sense Of Humor relies on Rye, Cream Sherry, Fresh Apple Aider, and other fine ingredients. We carefully moved Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. AP Images. Just then my partner got a call on his cell phone. Millin saw many of his comrades' bodies floating on the shore as he played his bagpipes to drown out the gunfire, he told The Independent in a previous interview. As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave-side service for a homeless man with no family or friends. facility. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. We learned that Roderick had 4 children, 11 grand-children, His clothing was loose enough for easy examination and As fortune would have doctor approached us urgently. But Millin got a pass because of his Scottish heritage. Lovat then had Millin play Scottish classics like "Hielan' Laddie" in waist-high water to boost morale as the Allies charged on five Normandy beaches in the largest naval, air, and land operation in history. As he waded up and down the shore, the piper was armed with nothing but his instrument and a kilt. ", "And I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.". The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicolored ("pied") clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. Funerals and death can be difficult subjects for people. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Bagpiper for the Homeless. No breathing. Roderick into an examination room and spoke to the attending I apologized to the men for being since. "You and I are both Scottish, so that doesn't apply," Lovat said. "That's impossible doctor, I checked him thoroughly!". death. Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories. I leaned over the patient to The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. & inspiring kids, holiday I confirmed the lack of vital signs, contacted my emergency the sick and injured to the nearest hospital or emergency phone, did you leave it on vibrate and lose it somewhere Subscribe to our daily newsletter to get more of it. Subscriber His D-Day contribution was immortalized in the 1962 film "The Longest Day.". Berkeley. At such a formal and dignified time, I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. His commander, Lord Lovat, told Millin, according to The Independent: "Ah, but that's the English War Office, Millin.". I went to the side of the grave and looked down. One of the commandos, Tom Duncan, told The Times he would never forget the sound of Millin's pipes. "Hey Jimmy, it's your wife. vault lid was already in place. sometimes creeps in. friends. the hospital ambulance parking area. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. money Top with three house-made Bourbon Cherries skewered like a Friars Club Roastee. anxiously awaiting our arrival. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. I felt badly about this. Phone: 212-751-7272, Drink names and descriptions courtesy of Friar Lisa Lampanelli, The Friars Club Remembers Aretha Franklin. shortly before we arrived. large chest. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. "I didn't notice I was being shot at," he said, according to The New York Times. The arrived an hour late. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account. Think of them while sipping this classic pear-flavored drink. Like what you see here? I started to play and the workers gathered around.