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Last Post ceremony
Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Duesseldorf
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

If you are in Ypres and you are visiting WW1 sites, then you simply have to attend this ceremony. It is very moving and puts everything into perspective at the end of a day's sightseeing.

Visited February 2014
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“Poignant and Atmospheric.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed overnight in Ieper (Ypres) so that we could witness this ceremony. There were maybe 150 people present on the evening that we attended, several of them youngsters who were quite loud and laughing and joking beforehand but who quietened down and were well behaved when it mattered. It was a special part of our trip to Belgium.

The town itself has a safe feel; the centre is beautifully illuminated at night.

Those without their own transport who want to visit the war museum at Zonnebeke and the cemetery at Tyne Cot (ask to alight at Tynecotstraat for the latter) should consider using the route 94 bus that departs from the railway station hourly for much of the day. This then continues on to the town of Roeselare where it serves the railway station from where two trains an hour go to Bruges. Don't expect a map of the buses from the tourist information office in Ieper but you can always do your research in advance on line.

Visited February 2014
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Essex
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“A must do in Ieper”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Anybody staying in Ypres should attend this moving tribute to those who fell in the Great War. depending on whether a wreath is being laid (and how many) here may be a service or it may just be the fire brigade turning out as they always do to sound the last post.

Visited January 2014
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“Moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

A moving experience to see ongoing tribute being paid to the fallen of war. Good to be early to get a spot close to the front, otherwise I found it a bit distracting with everyone holding their phones up to film the ceremony. I know we must move with the times but I wished for a little more solemnity.

Visited December 2013
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“Poignant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I was in Ypres with family to find a relative's name on the Menin Gate. After dinner, we returned to watch The Last Post being played. It's definitely worth attending to pay tribute to the many thousands upon thousands who died during WW1. To get a good view it'd be to your benefit to get there maybe half-hour before it starts, and whilst in the area a visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery as well really helps to begin to put into perspective the sacrifice so many made.

Visited November 2013
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