September 11, 2008

Bagpipes Play in Al-Hillah In Memory of 9/11 Victims

In Al-Hillah, Iraq, about 100 employees of the Regional Embassy Office and Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team held a special commemoration for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country. Visiting Embassy Baghdad Ag Attache James Conley played a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes, while REO and PRT employees stood for two minutes of silence in the REO Garden beneath the flag at half-staff. Jim's willingness to bring his bagpipes on his trip to Al-Hillah permitted an especially poignant commemoration of this sad day, and reminded all that there is something in the sound of bagpipes that stirs emotions and strengthens resolve.

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