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Reveille or Rousse, the Wake Up
"Reveille" originated in medieval times, possibly
around 1600, to wake the soldiers at dawn; "Rouse"
was the signal for the soldier to arise. Rouse is the bugle
call more commonly used in conjunction with the Last Post
and to the layman is often incorrectly called Reveille. Although
associated with the Last Post, Reveille is rarely used because
of its length.
Today, the Rouse is associated with the last Post at all
military funerals and services of Dedication and remembrance.
It is played on the completion of one minute's silence, after
the Last Post has been sounded. It calls the soldier's spirit
to rise and prepare for another day.
Words to Reveille
Rev-eil-lee! Rev-eil-lee is sounding
The bugle calls you from your sleep; it is the break of day.
You've got to do your duty or you will get no pay.
Come, wake yourself, rouse yourself out of your sleep
And throw off the blankets and take a good peek at all
The bright signs of the break of day, so get up and do not
Or-der-ly officer is on his round!
And if you're still a-bed he will send you to the guard
And then you'll get a drill and that will be a bitter pill:
So be up when he comes, be up when he comes,
Like a soldier at his post, a soldier at his post, all ser-ene.
Words to Rouse
Get up at once, get up at once, the bugle's
The day is here and never fear, old Sol is shining.
The Orderly Officer's on his rounds,
Reveille and Retreat begin with the firing of
a cannon and the playing of a bugle. During these traditional
ceremonies you can perform a few simple actions that are appropriate
to honor the flag.
Pedestrians within earshot of the bugle call should stop
and stand with their arms at their sides at the position
of attention and face the flag. Civilians and military members
in civilian clothes should place their right hand over their
heart, while military members in uniform should render a
salute throughout the ceremony.
Those operating a vehicle should come to a stop, step
out and render appropriate courtesy as above, as should
In the case of large vehicles such as busses or trucks,
where all occupants are in uniform, the driver should remain
seated while the passengers disembark and render a salute.
During inclement weather, vehicle operators should bring
their vehicle to a halt at the very least.