The assault on law enforcement continues.
PLEASE OFFER PRAYERS FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE, WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF HATE.
GOD BLESS THEM, THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND CO-WORKERS.
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!
It has been paid for with the blood of Patriots,
and the heroism of our American Fighting Men and Women.
Link to PDF version of 2016 Schedule. 2016 Schedule AA14a
The following poem was originally set for a soldiers final inspection. It was modified for LEO’s.
“The Final Inspection“
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.
I‘ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.”
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
We are an Irish themed, Police, Fire, EMS , and Civilian band, formed in 1998 by six members of the Gates Police Department and sponsored by the Gates Police Union, “The Keystone Club” in The Town of Gates – a suburb of the City of Rochester, New York.
The band was founded for the purpose of honoring our fallen brothers and sisters and to participate at official ceremonial events. Prior to it’s founding, there were no public safety pipe and drum bands in the local area. The original members had no prior pipe band experience and started building the organization from the ground up.
Today the band has grown dramatically in members from various public safety agencies and includes a number of very dedicated civilians from the local community. The band travels throughout the upstate New York region performing at line of duty funerals and other special events. The Band/soloists participate in numerous events each year lending strong support to local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS agencies as well as assisting local military units at their time of loss.
Performances to date: 61
105 Performances in 2015.
71 Events are on the schedule so far this year.
NEXT BOD: 11 September, Location TBA