Tribute to all Firefighters of Bagpipes are a Scottish instrument. But in fact, both the Irish and Scottish.The tradition of bagpipes played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States goes back over one hundred and fifty years.
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Feb. 21, 1957: “Powerful streams are concentrated on the fire in structure between Broome and Spring Streets,” read the published caption on a photo of a Manhattan fire. The five-story brick building “contained large quantities of baled textile remnants.” Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times