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That's called a 'stinger'. It's an idiomatic thing to do in traditional march writing, and it usually completes the last musical phrase. Some conductors will play with time right between the penultimate note and the stinger as a last little bit of tension and release--a quasi-allargando of sorts. (In effect, playing with the audience, as they are all ...
2/4 is isomorphic to cut time, and as the article excerpt states, they idiomatic french horn rhythm would occur on both of the upbeats in the measure. In other words, the second and fourth eighth notes of a 2/4 bar.
I think it's due to the (obvious) association with Marching. The two beats of the stinger tell the marchers when to stop moving their feet.
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