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“Sad and poignant!” 5 of 5 stars
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Last Post ceremony
Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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cavan
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“Sad and poignant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

The 8pm ceremony every night is a sad but necessary reminder of all who lost their lives in the Great War!

Visited November 2013
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“The perfect salute to the 'Fallen'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Familiarity, it is said breeds contempt. This is the rare exception to the rule. Every night at 8 p.m. the local firefighters looking splendid in their dress uniforms line up to sound the Last Post at the Menin Gate. Despite the regularity of this duty it is possible to see the odd nervous twitch as the officers prepare themselves. Each man being determined to give of his best. As the final note sounds, there is no applauding or cheering just the right level of quiet solemnity the 'fallen' deserve. In the stillness take a few minutes to read some of their names carved into the stone walls.
To get a decent view it is best to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start.

Visited October 2013
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“Appreciation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The ceremony at 20.00 on 11/11/2013 celebrated the 95th anniversary of the end of WW1. This time the local fire brigade was supported by police and pipe bands from the UK and instead of the Last Post being played, those attending were invited to participate in a service of remembrance. This included Elgar's Nimrod (played beautifully by The Surrey Police Band), and the hymns, Abide with me, Valiant Hearts and Amazing Grace. The one minute silence was impeccably observed by the many attending. This was personally a very moving occasion and an opportunity to reflect on the futility of war, give thanks to those who died and were injured during this and many other conflicts. It is a sobering fact that the Menin Gate with the names of just under 55,000 British and Dominion soldiers listed as "missing in action" was too small to record the 90,000 who have no known grave because the names of another 34,984 missing are inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial. This is a ceremony not to be missed and like many Belgium citizens, I will attend again to pay my respects.

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London, United Kingdom
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“This should be on your bucket list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I'd heard about the ceremony but nothing prepared me for the atmosphere around this event. It seems to be like a pilgrimage, certainly for Brits. So pleased to see so many groups of school children and several actively participating. There was around 2,000 people on the Saturday we were there. Very poignant and moving. Don't miss it and get there early, particularly if you are visiting at the weekend.

Visited October 2013
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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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“Must experience this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The Last Post Association has set out to ensure that the Last Post is played every night at the Menin Gate Memorial. Apart from during the period of German occupation during WW2, the ceremony has taken place every night since 1928, "in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War".
The ceremony is very moving, and anyone who is in the area for the evening should make a point of attending.
Often there are additional ceremonies, with visiting bands and wreathlaying. For many this will add to the experience - but for me, the simpler ceremony, with just four buglers, is more moving.

Visited October 2013
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