Download the guide to ‘Battle’s Over’
With hundreds of pipers – and pipe bands – around the world registered already for ‘Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute – the official guide is now available to download. Click on the image, right, to download the guide.
The guide details the timetable of events in the United Kingdom on November 11 next year when the UK and its friends overseas will mark the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War. The number of pipers killed or wounded during WW1 was thought to have been at least 1,200 but the figure was actually higher than that.
At 06:00 – the exact time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918 – around 1,000 pipers around the world will fill the air with a rendition of Pipe William Robb’s retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er.
This will start the centenary media coverage on television and radio, and will provide some of the day’s most moving and atmospheric sights and sounds.
Just before 19:00 GMT, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I. After this, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on August 3, 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
After the event, those registered will be able to download the official certificate, pictured right.
You can register yourself by going to www.collegeofpiping.org/register-battles-nations-tribute/. Alternatively, registration forms are printed each month in the Piping Times along with a list of those who have registered. Please encourage pipers to register for this once-in-a-lifetime tribute.