Bill Millin was the personal piper to Simon Fraser, the 15th Lord Lovat, and the commander of the 1st Special Service Brigade at D-Day. Millin bravely stepped off the landing craft into the water and waded ashore with the first wave of troopers, while playing the pipes to rally the soldiers.
For a complete version of the event in Millin’s own words, click here. This was written before he became “too fat to play the part.”
Afterwards, I suggest you raise a glass to Bill Millin, and then take a few moments from your solo or band practice to play “Flowers” in his memory.