National Pigeon Day – Bring It On

Seems the Americans got there first. June 13th is going to be National Pigeon Day in NYC. Even looks like they’re already onto Woody to put in a guest appearance, or at the very least chuck in a cash bundle. Must let Wilf know – see post below – he’d be well chuffed.

Reason it’s June 13th is it’s the anniversary of the death of Cher Ami, a famous pigeon war hero from the First World War who ended up being awarded the French ‘Croix de Guerre’ medal for being brave as fuck in active service.

If you want to read more about Cher Ami, this is his story.

However, I’m hoping the whole event will be one big musical extravaganza because, what most people don’t know, is that Cher’s first love, some would say his only love, was early Jazz music, particularly the phat tunes of Buddy Bolden.

Rumour has it he would have made a fine trumpeter and had even planned to travel to New Orleans one day to study under the great master.

Sadly, this was not to be. He was badly wounded in action and lost a leg, which clearly brought his trumpeting days to a swift and bitter conclusion. Cher, on knowing he would never realise his Jazz dream, eventually died of a broken heart on June 13th 1919.

The ever-so-slightly weird end to the story is that some total pervert decided to stuff him, and stick him in museum. Not even a Jazz museum. Some American History museum.

Probably the last thing Cher would have wanted is to end up looking massively gay nailed to an oval mahogony stand.

This is Cher:

Frankly, not very respectful.

Least they could have done is stick his trumpet in his beak.

Anyway, goes without saying that I’m planning to use my new found fame to ensure we too get a National Pigeon Day on June 13th.

Bring it on.

February 24, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Emile G. Le Duc replied:

    As a child these are the stories of our little pigeon hero’s that got me so interested. So, I became a fancier. Today I have over 150 of these incredible birds.

    Mr. Emile Le Duc
    Mapleville, RI

  2. The London Blogger Interviews #5: Pigeon Blog | Londonist replied:

    […] dream event, and I think I speak for all London pigeons when I say this, would be our very own National Pigeon day. They did it in New York last year. Unfortunately, it was largely attended by freaks, which meant […]

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