Shoulder patch - 3rd Infantry brigade - 1st Canadian Division

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Customs and Traditions

15th Battalion Bugler sounds The Last Post at the burial of Lt E Ryrie July 1917
Last post
In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest and...
Thiepval memorial moment of silence dedication 2013
Moment of Silence
At commemoration services, the sounding of The Last post is usually followed by silence for one or two minutes as a sign of respect and a time for reflection. The idea for the two-minutes silence is said...
Lone piper
Flowers of the Forest / Lone piper
The origins of the lone piper are obscure, although a lone piper has been a feature of Scottish military ceremonies for several hundred years. Traditionally, in Scottish units a lone piper takes the place...
Reveille / Rouse
Since Roman times, bugles or horns had been used as signals to command soldiers on the battlefield and to regulate soldiers’ days in barracks. After the one minute’s silence, flags are raised from half-mast...
Henry Ralph guard at Regimental memorial
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...
Menin-Gate exhortation BGen Young
Poems and prayers
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. In most ceremonies of remembrance...
Flowers and Wreaths / Poppies
Flowers have traditionally been laid on graves and memorials in memory of the dead. Rosemary, symbolizing remembrance. Laurel a commemorative symbol, often woven into a wreath, was used by the ancient...
Rifle volleys and gun salutes
Salutes may be fired with personal weapons, field pieces, or ship’s cannons. The origins of such salutes are a little obscure. Making a loud noise has long been regarded as a form of celebration. Another...
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