Bangor, Maine- Cpl. Eugene Cole was murdered by April 25, 2018 while serving his community as a sworn officer with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. The Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps. along with many other bands from around New England honored Cpl. Cole in services held at the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor. Kyle Willett of Maine State Police Pipes and Drums along with Pipe Major Michael Lundin of the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps, coordinated massed pipes and drums for the service.
Corporal Cole’s death was the first LODD (Line of Duty Death) within the Law Enforcement community of Maine in many years. His death affected many throughout the public service community as well as the general community of Maine.
Thousands were in attendance to pay their last respects to officer Cole on May 7, 2018. The day came to a close with the last note of Amazing Grace, but officer Coles memory will live on. Rest Easy Corporal, we’ll take it from here.
Sad to say, but due to the weather, the Byrnes Family and the Corps have cancelled the 3 Months To St. Patrick’s Day performances at Byrnes Irish Pub in Bath and Byrnes Irish Pub Brunswick. Stay safe and we’ll see everyone at the pubs in January!
Once again, the Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps is working with Wreaths Across America to place a wreath on veterans graves in December. We support the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta and will be placing wreaths there on Saturday, December 17. We also support Arlington National Cemetery in VA. We also perform during the wreath convoy as it makes its way from Maine to Arlington.
If you would like to donate or learn more about Wreaths Across America, please go to our Wreaths Across America page. You can then go to our page at Wreaths Across America to donate online or you can print out forms and mail in a donation. Thank you!
We will be joined by Irish Angel Kevin Dowling and Ellen Kyder as they return to Maine for a summer visit. We will also have our friend Dave Kraft from the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. Come join us for a great afternoon of pipes, drums, singing, and dancing!