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Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

In Ypres, we wandered into town one evening to listen and witness the Last Post Ceremony. Each and every evening at 8pm, no matter the weather, the Last Post is sounded by buglers of the Fire Brigade under the archway of the Menin Gate. This sober, daily ceremony has been going on since 11th November 1928. This is done as a mark of respect and gratitude towards those who had given their lives for the freedom and independence of Belgium during World War I.

The gate has been built on the site of the medieval Hangoart Poorte, but there was no actual gate at the time of the Great War – it was through this cutting the British and Commonwealth troops marched off to the front, many never to return.

More than 100,000 men have no known graves but 54,896 of them are commemorated by name on the Menin Gate.

A very simple but touching tribute to the fallen.

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