The phrase usually disapprovingly aimed at those who don’t display a poppy on their lapels is the simplistic, “These people died for your freedom; they died so that you can enjoy freedom.” That’s precisely the point. That’s what freedom is. Choosing not to wear a poppy is not pouring scorn on the sacrifice of those killed fighting on our behalf.
Some interesting locations for playing When The Battle’s O’er have been stated, too, from war graves and cenotaphs, to churches, and cathedrals. Pipe bands have also become involved and indeed the City of Norwich Pipe Band was the first to confirm that all its pipers will be playing at individual locations before meeting up for their normal 11:00 parade.
A feature of the 2017 Gold Meeting at the Northern Meeting was that the judges were all native Gaelic speakers: “Chan eil seo math … Thig dheth … Chan dil e ann am fonn …”
Stories of tunes also struggle to distinguish fact from fiction. If true, however, the next one establishes a connection between Ranald [MacDonald or Morar] and Boreraig. He “then decided to send his pupil to Skye to see if he could lean something more about piping from the MacCrimmons … On his arrival at the school the first tune that Donald [Domhnaill Mac Domhnall ‘ic Lachlainn] played was the Finger Lock … ‘Why has Ranald Mac Ailean sent you to mock us?’ the pipers asked as they dismissed him, for it was obvious from his playing that he knew more about the art of piping than they could teach him!