Andy Scott had the honor of playing "Amazing Grace" in front of more than 100 people in Pier Plaza on Monday morning.
But the Huntington Beach resident, donned in a traditional Scottish piper's uniform, ran into some technical difficulties during the 13th annual Veterans Day ceremony.
"This reed fell out and went down into the bag, so when I started to play I couldn't get any air," said Scott, who has played at the event for the past 11 years. "It was just a little malfunction. Once I got the reed back and plugged it in, we were ready to go."
More than 50 veterans sitting on the plaza's steps rose to their feet and saluted the flags of the United States, Huntington Beach and the National League of POW/MIA Families as they waved in the beach breeze and Scott played the somber song on his bag pipe.
Huntington Beach City Council members and representatives of the state Legislature were there to pay respects to those who have served and who are currently serving in the U.S. military.