Reveille

Reveille/Rouse

   After the one minute’s silence, flags are raised from half mast to the masthead as the Rouse is sounded. Today it is associated with the Last Post at all military funerals, and at services of dedication and remembrance.Since Roman times, bugles or horns had been used as signals to command soldiers on the battlefield and to regulate soldiers’ days in barracks. The Reveille was a bright, cheerful call to rouse soldiers from their slumber, ready for duty; it has also been used to conclude funeral services and remembrance services. It symbolises an awakening in a better world for the dead, and also rouses the living back to duty, now their respects have been paid to the memory of their comrades. The Rouse is a shorter bugle call that was also used to call soldiers to their duties; being short, the Rouse is the call most commonly used in conjunction with the Last Post at remembrance services.

Reversed Arms

 The tradition of reversing and resting on arms – that is, leaning on a weapon held upside down – has been a mark of respect or mourning for centuries, said to have originated with the ancient Greeks. Descriptions of sixteenth-century military funerals provide the earliest documented instances of carrying arms reversed in more recent times.  When the first notes of The Rouse are sounded, reversed arms are brought up in salute to the Present Arms position.
Sentries in period uniforms such
as the one shown here dressed
as Sgt of the 15th Battalion CEF,
are a regular part of The
Regiment’s annual
11 Nov Remembrance
Day parade
Sentries of the 48th Highlanders of Canada with
arms reversed during the unveiling and dedication
of The Regiment’s memorial at Queen’s Park,
Toronto 11 Nov 1923 in remembrance of the
61 Officers and 1,406 Non-Commissioned Officers
and Men who died during World War I.
The memorial window in The Regiment’s
church  St Andrew’s Church in Toronto,
depicts a Sgt in Full Dress of the 48th Highlanders with arms
Reversed.
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