'Sunset Solidarity': Colorado police, firefighters to play bagpipes, drums at sunset each night

  • Source: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
  • Published: 03/31/2020 12:00 AM

If you go outside at sunset, listen in the distance and you may hear something you don’t hear too often. Each night at dusk, bagpipes and drums will echo through neighborhoods across the country. "You should listen at sunset -- there are pipers and drummers all across the area," Thomas Johnson, a captain with Aurora Fire Department told FOX31. The movement is called “Sunset Solidarity” and encourages Scottish drummers and bagpipers to play outside their homes at sundown. “The pipes have a centuries-long tradition of inspiring courage and resolve to people in times of distress,” Johnson said. Johnson is a piper with the Colorado Emerald Society. The band is made up of first responders from 24 police and fire agencies across Colorado. Their primary mission is playing at line-of-duty death funerals for police and firefighters.



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