The Menin Gate and the Last Post Ceremony
The Gate was designed as a memorial to missing British and Commonwealth forces who died in the Ypres Salient during World War 1 and have no known grave. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now renamed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). On completion despite having 54,896 names engraved on it, it was found to be too small and additional monuments were erected at Ploegstreet and Tyne Cot in Passendale. Since 1928 the Last Post followed by Reveille has been sounded every night at 8pm by volunteer buglers from the Ieper (Ypres) Fire Service, Belgium and has continued uninterrupted, except by the occupation of the Germans in World War 2, when the daily ceremony was conducted at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. On 9th July 2015 the Last Post will be sounded for the 30,000th time.
The accompanying photographs were taken over several evenings during our recent visit to Ieper where we stayed at La Porte Cochere B&B. We cannot recommend this B&B enough. Check out Trip Adviser. It is very well placed for a visit and Katrien and Steve are the most helpful people you could hope to meet. Their website is www.laportecochere.com Tell them we recommended them.