Local Piper Pays Tribute On Anniversary Of The Ending Of World War 1

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One-hundred years ago on November 11th an armistice agreement with Germany silenced the guns and ended World War 1. On November 11th, 1918 at 6:00 a.m. the armistice with Germany was signed in Compiegne France. Tributes marking the anniversary of the ending of the ‘Great War’ are being held through-out the world.

Locally, Eric Patterson, a piper with the Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums will be at the Overlook Cemetery at 18145 Tavern Road in Parkman on Sunday, November 11th at 6:00 a.m. to play a bagpipe solo in memory of the many that served and the sacrifices they made during the Great War.

Eric Patterson retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, and he was an Infantry and Special Forces officer with multiple deployments to combat zones during his time in the Army.

In honor the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 LTC Patterson said he “hopes to keep faith with the sacrifices and the memory of those who answered the call to defend civilization and democracy in the years 1914 to 1918 by his memorial rendition of When the Battles O’er.” He also said, “I can think of no better words to share than John McCrae’s famous ‘In Flanders Fields’.”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short day ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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