BAGPIPERS OF THE WORLD UNITED

International Association

Created in 2015 then re-founded in 2021, the BOWU International Association aims to transmit the duty of remembrance, in particular of the two world wars, and of bagpipe players of all times, on the front lines to support the courage of the men and women who fought for freedom.


The association is mainly focused on the commemorations of the Normandy landings, with a major focus on the Sword Beach area and the memory of the bagpipe player "Bill Millin", represented within the association by his son, John Millin, and his grandson, Jacob Millin, both honorary members.


Each year, during the commemorations of June 6, BOWU International Association brings together pipers & drummers, veterans and officials from all countries.



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JOHN MILLIN

Bill Millin's son

John Millin, son of Piper Bill Millin, has been an Honorary Member of BOWU International since its inception.


Each year, accompanied by his son Jacob Millin (Bill Millin's grandson) when he can, John joins all the Pipers & Drummers of the association to commemorate the Normandy landings, where his father landed in the morning of June 6, 1944.


In this photo, John poses with his father's bagpipes.


(Photo credit: John Millin)

The Bill Millin's statue

The Mad Piper

The statue of William "Bill" Millin, or "Piper Bill" stands where the Franco-British commandos dismounted on the morning of June 6, 1944 on Sword Beach sector, in Colleville-Montgomery, formerly Colleville-sur-Orne .

The German defense zone, known as Wn18, was particularly well defended, which cost the lives of many men.


A memory project in his name and that of all the men who have walked the beaches of Normandy was launched in June 2009 by the newly created D-day Piper Bill Millin association. A global subscription will be launched to finance this sculpture, alongside an active search for sponsors.

It faithfully represents him as he landed, at the age of 21 with his bagpipes, wearing the kilt his father wore in Palestine in 1916.


The model of the project was presented to him in Dawlish, by Gaëtan, in November 2009. Thanks to the progress of the collection, he was able to begin the modeling in January 2010, then it was necessary to wait until May 2012 for the financing to be finalized and to launch the end of the operation.

In October 2012 the earthen extension, made by the foundry and reworked by Gaëtan, was presented to his son, John, who gave his agreement for the realization of the bronze. After more than six months and a period in consecutive workshops, this monumental bronze statue, 2.60 m tall, was ready to be installed in Colleville-Montgomery. Its inauguration took place on June 8, 2013.


Bill in love with France, born on the 14th of July, sits enthroned today facing the beach. This statue has become an emblematic place for each Piper, especially during the commemorations of the Normandy landings.

GAËTAN ADER

Sculptor of the Bill Millin's statue

(Photo credit : Sébastien Galopin)

Pipe & Drum Bands

91st Gatinais Highlanders

France

91st Gatinais Highlanders

France

McBoreStone Pipe Band

Swiss

McBoreStone Pipe Band

Swiss

MacKeller Pipe Band

France

MacKeller Pipe Band

France

Freedom Band

France

Freedom Band

France

Bordeaux Pipe Band

France

Bordeaux Pipe Band

France

Fianna Phadraig

Irland

Fianna Phadraig

Irland

Askol Pipe Band

France

Askol Pipe Band

France

Orobian Pipe Band

Italy

Orobian Pipe Band

Italy

Jedburgh Royal British Legion

Scotland

Jedburgh Royal British Legion

Scotland

Hampshire Caledonian

England

Hampshire Caledonian

England

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