Fort Collins, Colo. – You didn’t have to have Celtic roots to appreciate a recent gift to the Good Samaritan Society location in Fort Collins, Colo. You just needed to listen.
Mike West stood outside of the location at sunset and played his bagpipes. He couldn’t go in because the facility is currently limiting visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So he walked the perimeter.
“It was very moving,” says Jenny Langness, activity director for Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village. “The lockdown makes for some lonely days and nights. Residents miss their families. We all needed an uplift.”
West’s gift was part of Sunset Solidarity, a movement of bagpipers associated with law enforcement and firefighters. He is the fire chief at Front Range Fire Rescue in Milliken, Colo., and a member of the Colorado Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bagpipers have played at sundown as a sign of hope, solidarity and recognition that another day has passed in the fight against the virus.