reveille ˈre-və-lē noun
1. a signal to get up in the morning; in the military, it is a bugle call at sunrise
2. (military) signal to wake up
The word reveille has appeared three times on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 17 in the Magazine article “I Fed My Husband a Combat Ration to Teach Him About My Military Childhood” by Kelly McHugh-Stewart:
There are so many things created for war that remind me of my childhood: “Reveille” in the morning and “Retreat” in the evening; Black Hawk helicopters and their big, echoey hangars; dusty brown boots, camouflage uniforms and heavy flight helmets. These were just parts of the job for my father, but they defined my childhood. I grew up on-post, in a military bubble, saying “Yes, sir,” and “Yes, ma’am,” using military time and speaking in acronyms. I showed my military ID card at the Shoppette when I filled my first car with gas and then again at the gym, the commissary and the PX. These on-post amenities were created exclusively for service members and their dependents, but as a child I never knew they were unique to my community.