THE West Yorkshire Police Band is flying out to New York today to perform at the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The 28 members will march over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan with the British contingent for a memorial concert on Sunday.
It will mark a decade since two hijacked planes were flown into the World Trade Centre’s twin towers.
Sowerby Bridge PC Keith Williams, who manages the band, said: “It is a great honour and a privilege for the band to be invited back to play in New York on the anniversary of 9/11. The service will allow us to pay our own respects to the Britons who died on that terrible day 10 years ago and we will ensure that our performance does the service and the force proud.”
PC Williams will be joined by a number of Calderdale bandmates, including his son William, who was born and bred in Todmorden, but is currently studying in the USA.
Also on the trip will be Halifax PCSO Craig Dixon; road traffic Sergeant Dean Taylor, from Halifax, and his son Sam, a sixth-former at Trinity Academy in Holmfield; police support staff member John Asquith, from Brighouse and Huddersfield PC Simon Marshall, of Outlane.
The musicians will also play at a concert in Newark, and at a party during their four-day stay in the city.
The trip is in their own time and at their own expense, and they have been fund-raising towards it by selling their latest CD.
The band also played in New York on the fifth anniversity of the atrocity in 2006.
PC Williams said: “It was sombre, not dissimilar to Remembrance Day parades.
“You are focused on doing what you’re doing.
“It’s only afterwards, when you’ve finished doing it and you see the relatives of the victims, that it hits you.”
The suicide attacks of September 11, 2001, claimed 2,977 lives – 67 of them British.
Of the victims, 2,606 were in the towers and on the ground in New York.
Another 246 people had been on board the four hijacked planes.
The third plane was flown into the Pentagon, where 125 people died, and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.