Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

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. To visit Menin Gate Memorial on your holiday in Ieper (Ypres), and find out what else Ieper (Ypres) has to offer, use our Ieper (Ypres) road trip planning tool .
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  • impressive-the effort to hear-a lot of people that listen to it every day-beautiful surroundings
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  • Essential when one passes through Ypres. The number of name posted on walls of this door is impressive. A very nice place to gather and think about those people die in a foreign land
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  • We pass so many times, negligent for what happened here, it really is a serene place to commemorate those young heroes, which let their lives for our future, this should never be forgotten!
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  • A fantastic experience to be there for the ceremony at the end of the day. The last post call is extremely moving and a must do. If you want a good view it's advisable to arrive up to an hour early. Show respect by not applauding and removing your head wear (and of course respecting the silence)
  • An incredible memorial and I was lucky to see it in the centenary year of the end of the war. Very moving last post ceremony too. Recommended.
  • Great place to visit.. just watch out for the traffic as the main road passes through it. If you can stay for the last post at 20:00
  • To experience the memorial service here is a moving event. Please remember that it is a memorial service for those who gave their lives for their country. It is not meant to entertain you. DO NOT APPLAUD even if there is a choir. The local fire brigade have provided the Buglers since 2004. (I spoke to a brigade member on the 11th March 2018.)
  • A beautiful testament to an ugly piece of history. Try to hang around until 20:00 (exact, they are punctual) to catch the "Last Post". You will not regret it. (And if you wish to show proper respect, removing your hat will always be appreciated by military personnel.)
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