The Hampshire Grenadier
In Memory of
In grateful remembrance of whose universal
good will towards his Comrades, this Stone
is placed here at their expence, as a finall
testimony of their regard and concern.
Here sleeps in peace a Hampshire Grenadier
This memorial being decayed was restored
The Stone was replaced by the North Hants
And again replaced by
"The Hampshire Grenadier"
This tombstone is referred to on page 1 of the BigBook of AA as Bill W. remembered it from 1917. It is a wonder that Bill remembered the verse as well as he did 21 years later when the BigBook was written in 1938.
At the end of the 1997 Founder's Day Memorial Ceremonies at Dr. Bob and Anne's gravesite in Akron, Ohio, an anonymous piper stood, pumped his pipes and said, "I am going to play Amazing Grace three times, once to listen to, once to sing, and once for Anne." The effect on the gathering was electrifying, a God Thing. The piper then disappeared, still anonymous. Amazing Grace was Anne Smith's favorite, and was sung often in early AA gatherings.
Amazing Grace - Bagpipes
Created Apr 16, 1999 in the Spirit of Love and Cooperation
Three mighty important things, Pardn'r, LOVE And PEACE and HIS GRACE