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Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

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Menin Gate Memorial straddles one of the main roads that led soldiers to the front line during World War I and commemorates fallen soldiers whose graves are unknown. Some 54,896 names of Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives during the war are inscribed on a memorial wall. The triumphal arch, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, leads to a barrel-vaulted passage through the mausoleum. You'll feel the weight of these soldiers' sacrifice as you read through thousands of names of missing and unaccounted-for men. The memorial gate attracts hordes of visitors to a ceremony held nightly to honor the brave soldiers. Every night since July 2, 1928 (except during occupation in the Second World War), local police have stopped traffic on the street while buglers have played "Last Post" to show gratitude for the men who gave their lives for Belgium's freedom. Arrange to visit Menin Gate Memorial and other attractions in Ieper (Ypres) using our Ieper (Ypres) itinerary maker.
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  • We were there on a Friday evening, there was a big crowd considering the time of year. My wife's great grandad is one of the listed missing which added to the poignancy. The playing of the last post, ...  more »
  • Simply impressive: everywhere you look you see the names of the deceased soldiers who have fought, playing the "last post" at 20:00 and the silence. Wreath laying each day by different groups/schools. Is done every evening since 1928.
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  • We visited en route to known graves of WW1 relatives. The ceremony at 8pm each night is as simple as it is compelling. A must. The monument is beautiful, too  more »
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  • Last Post ceremony is very moving, an important part of a visit to Ypres. Can get busy with it being the Centenary years, so arrive early and check the website. It's also well worth a look during the day, particularly if you want to search out relatives names on the wall.
  • Very nice entrance gate to the city of Ypres. It commemorates the victims of the first world war. Every day since 11/11/1918 (except for some period of interruption during the 2nd world war) they have been playing "the last post" on the trumpet as a salute to those who gave their lives for the greater cause.
  • Simply amazing. Ceremony every night at 8 is touching and incredibly emotive. Just be sure to get there early as it does crowd up.
  • Well worth a visit. Make sure you attend the 8pm service at least once. Make sure you're at the gate by 7:15pm, to ensure you get a good spot.
  • "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”