Echo Taps policy

Approved September 2013

Echo Taps Ceremony

Echo Taps is a Corps of Cadets ceremony meant to show respect for, and honor fallen cadets, cadet alumni, or alumni killed in the line of duty. It is a solemn ceremony meant to emulate a military memorial service. The Regimental Commander will request a formation of the Corps, an extra bugler, and a firing detail to carry out the ceremony. Civilian students and the Norwich community may respectfully attend the ceremony, whilst not hindering the ceremony’s proceedings, and dressed appropriately (IAW NUSRR Dress code).

Echo Taps Approval

The Regimental Commander will recommend the ceremony for approval by the President.

Echo Taps Procedure

The regiment will silently form up at 2150 for a 2200 ceremony, and all barracks lights, on the Upper Parade Ground side will be shut off. The UP will remain an area of complete silence until 2300. The uniform will be at the discretion of the Regimental Commander. When the firing detail is in place, the regiment will follow the commander and silently come to present arms. After the firing detail has fired three volleys the buglers will sound Echo Taps. Once Echo Taps is finished, the regiment will return to the position of attention. If family members are present, the Drill Team Commander will recover the shell casings and present them to the family with a Norwich flag. When the ceremony has concluded, all commanders will follow the Regimental Commander in silently commanding their units to “fall out.” This ceremony will be a mandatory formation for all Cadets.

Echo Taps may be requested for the death of the following individuals:

  • Corps of Cadet Member currently enrolled or on a bona fide leave of absence
  • Corps of Cadet Alumni killed in the line of duty in service to the nation
  • Others as approved by the President

Civilian Remembrance Ceremony

The Civilian Remembrance Ceremony is an opportunity to solemnly show respect and honor a student or member of the faculty who has recently passed. This event takes place on the Upper Parade Ground and the Corps of Cadets and Civilian students are invited to respectfully participate whilst not hindering the ceremony’s proceedings.

Remembrance Ceremony Approval

The Senior Resident Coordinator in conjunction with the Dean of Students will recommend the ceremony for approval by the President.

Remembrance Ceremony Procedure

All those present will be asked to silently gather on the Steps of Jackman Hall at 2150 for a 2200 ceremony and all barracks lights, on the Parade Ground Side, will be shut off.

The Upper Parade Ground will remain an area of complete silence during the playing of “Amazing Grace” by bagpipes. Directly following the last note a representative will present a Norwich University flag to the family, if present. A representative will conclude the ceremony with words of remembrance.

*The Senior Resident Coordinator will notify and extend an invitation to the Regiment by means of the Regimental Commander. The Corps of Cadets will form up and remain at the position of attention through the playing of “Amazing Grace” by bagpipes. When the ceremony has concluded, all commanders will follow the Regimental Commander in silently commanding their units to fall out. This ceremony is not mandatory but encouraged to Cadets.

A Remembrance Ceremony may be requested for the death of the following individuals:

  • Residential and Commuter student currently enrolled or on an approved leave of absence
  • Civilian Alumni killed in the line of duty in service to the nation
  • Faculty members not directly affiliated with the military or Corps of Cadets
  • Others as approved by the President

Norwich University Remembrance Ceremony

The Norwich University Remembrance Ceremony is a University wide ceremony meant to show respect for, and honor an event that has particularly impacted the University, community, or Nation. The Regimental Commander and Senior Resident Coordinator may jointly request a formation for the Corps of Cadets and the presence of the civilian students, an extra bugler, and bagpiper to carry out the ceremony. Members of the Corps of Cadets will form with their respective units in a uniform prescribed the Regimental Commander and civilian students are asked to gather at the steps of Jackman dressed appropriately (IAW NUSRR Dress Code).

Norwich University Remembrance Ceremony Approval

The Regimental Commander and Senior Resident Coordinator may jointly request the ceremony for approval by the President.

Norwich University Remembrance Ceremony Procedure

The Regiment will silently form up at 2150 for a 2200 ceremony with their respective units. Concurrently, civilian students will begin to silently gather at the steps of Jackman Hall. The Upper Parade Ground side barracks will have their lights turned off. The uniform for the Regiment will be at the discretion of the Regimental Commander and Civilian students will be dressed appropriately (IAW NUSRR Dress Code). Cadet Commanders will follow the Regimental Commander by silently coming to the position of attention and “present arms.” The buglers will sound echo taps and will immediately be followed by a bugler playing “Amazing Grace.” The Regiment will come to “order arms” but will remain at attention for the playing of “Amazing Grace.” When “Amazing Grace” finishes, the Regiment will follow the Regimental Commander in silently commanding their units to “fall out.” Civilian students, Cadets, and additional viewers of the ceremony are asked to leave silently and the Parade Ground will remain silent until
2300.

The Norwich University Remembrance Ceremony may be requested for the following:

  • Significant event to the University or a group of its members
  • Significant event to the Northfield community or nearby communities
  • Significant event in history to the United States of America
  • Other events as approved the by President

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