Three years later, in 1956, members of the New York City Fire Department started the first fire Emerald Society. The ancient Celtic tradition, to play the pipes at a fallen comrades funeral, was brought over by the Irish to police and fire departments. As such, the NYPD Emerald Society started the first police pipe band in 1960, followed by the FDNY pipe band in 1962. Over fifty Emerald Societies exist in the United States today. Grade (34) pipe band and Highlands Ranch Champions, 1st Place Medley The Colorado Emerald Society was formed to help foster the Irish heritage and traditions within public safety agencies, to promote and preserve the accomplishments the Irish have made to law enforcement and fire service. The Colorado Emerald Society enables police officers and fire fighters, throughout Colorado, to gather in a social setting of fellowship. Our goals include sponsoring bagpipers to represent the State of Colorado at the National Peace Officer Memorial March and Service in Washington D.C., and the International Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Colorado Springs.
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