Remembrance Day | 15. Paying of compliments


A-PD-201-000/PT-000 The Canadian Armed Forces Manual of Drill and Ceremonial, Chapter 1, Section 2, Paragraph 26

  1. Funerals, Memorials and Commemorative Services. Compliments to the dead shall be paid during the sounding of the calls “Last Post” and “Rouse” when they are used in memorial services. Compliments will commence on the first note and terminate on the last note of each call when sounded. Compliments shall be paid as follows:
    1. All ranks who are not part of a formed military group shall salute.
    2. Formed military groups will be brought to attention and all officers shall salute.
    3. The funeral guard will present arms, while the escort will remain at the order, officers who are part of the escort will salute with the hand. In the latter case, the salute shall be held for the brief silent interval (10 second pause) between “Last Post” and “Rouse”.
    4. During commemorative services, eg, Remembrance Day, compliments commence on the first note and terminate on the last note of each call when sounded, except for that weapons salutes shall be held through the silent interval between the “Last Post” and “Rouse”; and
    5. On defence establishments, all vehicles in the vicinity shall be stopped and the occupants shall dismount and pay compliments.


interval between calls shall be 10 seconds for funerals, 1 minute for memorial services and 2 minutes for commemorative services.

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