Poiry set to honor those who liberated the world from tyranny

Press Staff Writer

        This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and an Allen Clay Joint Fire District (ACJFD) member is set to honor those Americans and allies who liberated the world from tyranny.
         Being the last milestone anniversary for the “Greatest Generation,” there are special ceremonies and events planned throughout Belgium and France honoring all those who aided in liberating Europe and leading to the eventual end of WWII.
        ACJFD 20-year member, firefighter Bill Poiry will lead the U.S. Fire and Police Pipes and Drums as commander of an international color guard. The U.S. Fire and Police Pipes and Drums will be participating in numerous ceremonies at U.S. cemeteries and memorials around Brussels, Bastogne, Luxembourg and Normandy.
        The band will arrive in Brussels on May 30. Over the next 10 days, Poiry will carry the U.S. colors, while proudly wearing an ACJFD Honor Guard Uniform, in ceremonies at the various U.S. cemeteries, memorial sites and battlefields. More than 100 bagpipers and drummers will come together to form a massed band for ceremonies around Omaha Beach with the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department as the lead band.
        The U.S. Fire and Police Pipes and Drums will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony and a private gathering on Omaha Beach on June 6 for a prayer and toast to the 32,000-plus Americans who gave their life for freedom from Nazi Germany.
        Poiry is a 1987 graduate of Oak Harbor High School. Immediately after graduation he left for boot camp and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1992. He joined Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department in 1997. In 2011, Poiry and past Chief Bruce Moritz organized the ACJFD Honor Guard.
        The honor guard has had the honor to assist ensuring respects are given to nearly 50 firefighters, retired and active duty, including two of their own active members who were personal mentors to Poiry.
        Continuing with the desire to honor the fallen, Poiry joined Black Swamp Pipes and Drums in October 2017 and has recently performed publicly with the band for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day. The mission for Black Swamp Pipes and Drums is simple – to provide proper respect to firefighters, police and EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty.
        Poiry will be traveling on May 29 and returning on June 11. He welcomes prayers for safe travel and for all the families that have lost a loved one serving our country.


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