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The Last Post

Every evening at the Menin Gate men from the Ypres Fire Department parade at the gate and sound the Last Post in honour of those allied soldiers who gave their lives in the Ypres salient during World War 1. The ceremony has been held every day since the monument was first built except for the time during World War 2 when Ypres was occupied by the German army. During this time the Post was sounded every week in the UK.

Legend has it that the last Post is sounded to guide the souls of the missing soldiers to a place of remembrance so that they will never be forgotten.

Menin Gate




The Last Post

Every evening at the Menin Gate men from the Ypres Fire Department parade at the gate and sound the Last Post in honour of those allied soldiers who gave their lives in the Ypres salient during World War 1. The ceremony has been held every day since the monument was first built except for the time during World War 2 when Ypres was occupied by the German army. During this time the Post was sounded every week in the UK.

Legend has it that the last Post is sounded to guide the souls of the missing soldiers to a place of remembrance so that they will never be forgotten.

Menin Gate




comments (4)

A fine tribute Les!
Les Auld: It is indeed Fred, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Sep 2012, 06:55
This is a noble tradition Les: I really aught to witness it myself one day
Les Auld: And quite moving Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Sep 2012, 21:28
Something I would like to experience, too. My great-uncle was wounded and died in November 1918 after going through the whole of the war
Les Auld: it was a very moving experience Lisl. I have spent this week visiting many of the World war 1 cemeteries around Belgium and Northern France and it has been quite an experience. So sad to see so many graves, quite a few with no names on as well just "A soldier of the Great War lies Here" as the epitaph. Thanks for the comment.
A great post here.
Les Auld: Thank you Jacquelyn.

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