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Last Post ceremony

Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Sheffield
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We got there about 7.00 as the crowds were beginning to assemble for the 8.00 event . We had a drum and pipe band on our visit . The ceremony runs like clockwork as it is performed every night . Definitely leaves a lump in the throat

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El Fondo de les Neus, Spain
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

You know what expect , you look at all those names , you wait -- then it is not 2014 , it is a timeless few minutes of memories , sadness and reflection , it is up close and very personal, despite the crowds around you.

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Cowichan Bay, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My great uncle is memorialized at Menin Gate. I had wanted to visit Ieper since I was a small girl. Attending the Last Post ceremony was very moving. If you plan to go get there early (at least one hour before it starts) and wear comfortable shoes as you'll be standing for a long time.

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Co Armagh
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing, truly amazing, the whole sermon was conducted with such sadness truly unbelievable that this happens every night and has done for 100 years. A credit to the Belgium people

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a serious place and its a pity people have to video it!!! And I would even say take photographs. Use your memory for once and think about what you are seeing.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We knew that the last post was sounded at 8.00pm every night. What we didn't know was that every night there are virtually 1000 people there to stand in silence and remember 550 000 people who died in Flanders. It is an immense thing.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It is moving to attend a ceremony of commemoration that first took place in 1928 and that has continued nearly every night since then. It starts at 8 pm but you need to be there an hour earlier to see what's happening. It would be good if the ceremony could be conducted on a slightly raised platform.

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UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Impressive to see so many attendees, even on a cold Monday night in October. Please do go and witness if in the area. It's worth a few moments of your time to commemorate those who gave up all of theirs.

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Verdun, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We met our Belgian Friends in Ypre for a pre-arranged Ceremony involving a couple of hundred harley riders from the UK, Belgium and elsewhere. Fabulous atmosphere wirh many ex Forces in the HOG. Our own Flags and Wreaths, it was a privelidge to take part and as usual a very moving ceremony especially in this the 100th anniversary of the... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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161 reviews 161 reviews
25 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This ceremony is packed out with respectful participants and observers up to 1 hour before it begins. This year and until 2018 I guess there will be many more visitors every day. On many days there are VIPs taking the salute. Excellently organised by the local Menin Gate Association.

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