Commemorative services have a strict order of conduct.  

Flags are to be lowered to half-mast before the commencement of the ceremony.

The outline should be:

  • Introduction/ welcome
  • Catafalque party mounts (if applicable)
  • Hymns or other music (optional)
  • Prayers and readings (optional)
  • Commemorative address
  • Wreath-laying
  • The Ode
  • The Last Post
  • One Minute’s Silence
  • The Rouse

During the playing of The Rouse, flags are to be raised slowly to the masthead.

  • National anthem/s
  • Catafalque party dismounts (if applicable)
  • Closing Remarks