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Menin Gate Memorial
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Owner description: Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Every night at the Menin Gate Memorial buglers from the local fire brigade play in remembrance of those lost in the war. It is a very moving experience as you stand among the names of those lost imprinted on the wall. Names are listed by country. I would suggest you get to the Memorial early, as it gets very crowded and if you are not in the front you cannot see the buglers.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The ceremony was very respectful and moving. Those watching were clearly emotional during the service and it demonstrated a lasting gratitude by the belgian people to those who lost there lives in WW1.
Down side, despite getting there early there was a bit of a scramble when the road was closed at the beginning and a small number of people seemed determined to push their way to the front.

Thank mick b
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a World War 1 Commonwealth Memorial monument sits on the road out of Leper (Ypres), the same road hundreds of thousands took on their way to the front lines. Its main internal inscriptions say it all "Here are recorded names of officers and men who fell in the Ypres salient but to whom the fortunes of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death”.

The memorial commemorates more than 54,000 men from Canada, Australia, India and South Africa along with those from the UK who died before 16th Aug 17 (the Tyne Cot memorial covers those after this date).

It is a must see if you are in the area and is carefully maintained by the Commonwealth Ware Graves Commission.

It is suggested that you time a visit outside the Last Post ceremony, if at all possible, to get the most out of this very impressive memorial, the surrounding town ramparts & moat and truly reflect on why it is there in a quiet, dignified and respectful way.

Thank WWTravellerKent
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is an overwhelming monument in the heart of Ypres. Everywhere you look is a name of a soldier who was killed in action, but who's final resting place is unknown. I believe I read somewhere that over 54,000 names are written on the gate. The area was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands who passed through it on the way to the battlefields.
"To the armies of the British Empire who stood here from 1914 to 1918 and to those of their dead who have no known grave"

Thank yomo360
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

It is worth while spending time looking round the monument before the evening ceremony of the last post.

Thank hillfieldjp
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