12 Oct '17, 12pm

'Retreat' ceremony more than music

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Every evening at 5 p.m. the sound of the bugle playing the "Retreat" song, followed by "To the Colors" rings out across Army installations. The community grows silent and turns toward the flagpole to watch the American flag slowly lower, placing a proud hand over their heart or rendering a salute. This ceremony is one of the oldest traditions in the U.S. Army, which dates back to the Revolutionary War. At that time, however, drums sounded it - the normal musical instrument found in infantry units of that period. The bugle was used during this time solely as a signal instrument. By the end of the Civil War, the infantry, cavalry and artillery were sounding bugle calls during "Retreat," where it remains in tradition today. The ceremony serves two purposes -- to signal the end of the duty day and pay respect to the nation's flag. Once the bugle sounds,...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/104319

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