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The Last Post

Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Menin Gate has the names of 55,000 soldiers who died in this area and have no known grave. Every night, the volunteers from the Last Post Assoc hold a ceremony at the gate at 8pm and play the Last Post.

They play rain, hail or shine. This evening it was rain! They have not missed a night since WWI apart from when the Nazis occupied the town during WWII. When we were here in 2006 there was a little old lady sitting beside the wall. Apparently she was a child during the war and she has also not missed a night in all these years until she died a short while back. I must find out her name.

Tonight I was fortunate enough to catch a full blown ceremony with marching band, flag bearers, the lot!

It is a very moving ceremony and well worth seeing.

Ieper 1911
Ieper 1911
Ieper 1919
Ieper 1919
Ieper 2011
Ieper 2011
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate from the ramparts
Menin Gate from the ramparts
Menin Gate in Braille
Menin Gate in Braille
Menin Gate in Braille
Menin Gate in Braille
Last Post ceremony
Last Post ceremony
The Band
The Band
Last Post ceremony
Last Post ceremony
The crowd awaits
The crowd awaits
The Last Post
The Last PostRain Hail or Shine
Last Post ceremony
Last Post ceremony
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
Menin Gate
St Martins church
St Martins church
Bullet hole?
Bullet hole?Legend has it that this is a bullet hole from WWII in the big cat's bum
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