The British and the rest of the world learned from Americans’ insistence in 1776 that what were then considered only the traditional rights of British subjects were really the universal rights of mankind.
Bagpipes were designed to play loud so their sound would echo off the hills of Scotland, fortify the courage of defenders and strike fear into the hearts of invaders. Although the bagpipes’ sound may have been magnified by being contained within a theater Friday night, the audience was louder in its appreciative cheers and applause.
The greatest ovation came near the program’s end when the combined musical units played a medley of “Amazing Grace,” “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” and “Last Post and Taps.”
The audience was on its feet, applauding with all its might as wave after wave of cheers rolled from the back of the house down to the stage. The band master’s return of the cheering with a snappy salute only prompted more cheers and even louder applause.
Others of our British cousins could help us, I think. We should invite the team of historical researchers and forensic anthropologists who found and verified the remains of King Richard III to come to America. Jimmy Hoffa’s grave has been missing for less than 40 years. If the Brits can find Richard’s grave after 427 years, finding where the legendary Teamsters’ ex-president is buried should be a piece of cake.
I’m sorry that senior news writer Ronica Shannon left the Register at the end of last week. An EKU graduate, she had been with the paper for more than eight years. During her tenure, she had been a diligent and faithful reporter who gained the respect of the local government officials she covered.
We and our readers are going to miss her, and even if we’re able to hire another reporter, we'll never be able to replace Ronica.