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World War I tribute hosted in Rochester

Nov 11, 2018

Credit Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums

Early Sunday morning, The Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums hosted a World War I tribute.

The "Battles Over" ceremony began at 5:45 am in conjunction with bagpipes around the world, playing "When the Battles Over" in salute to all those who served in this conflict. It was put together by the National Piping Center in Scotland.

An armistice to end the war was signed 100 years ago today at 6:00 am.

President of the club David Rizzo says the band is made up of mostly active or retired police, fire and EMS personnel

"We honor the fallen whether it’s military or first responders so that’s kind of how our band started; we just celebrated our 20th anniversary. There was a need about 20 years ago, there was no bands to play tribute when those type of events, for example when Officer Daryl Pierson was killed in Rochester."

The Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums is an emergency services based ceremonial band, members are active or retired police, fire and EMS personnel as well as civilian members

The ceremony was held at the All Scouts Chapel at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.