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

"Faithful Forever"

Reversed arms

Sergeant Henry Ralph, a 15th Battalion veteran, as a sentry in the 1920's at the Regimental memorial

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.

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