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Menin Gate Memorial
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Owner description: Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
Reviewed 30 November 2013

This gate contains all the names of soldiers of the First World War with no known grave. There are thousands of names and it is very moving.

Thank R0100
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Never have I had a better understanding of the loss of life and futility of war than this incredible memorial containing the names of over 54,000 dead provided.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

An ordinary street, elegant, that looks old, a bridge and then the massive bulk of the Menin Gate. The memorial disrupts the street pattern with its size and yet has intimacy and closeness to the town of Ypres. Usually the memorial is surrounded by youngsters which lightens the experience of reading the names of the dead. Surprisingly there seems to be hierarchy in the names, with British Guards regiments on the prominent panels facing the roadway, and the regional regiments, east Yorkshires, in the corridors or balcony. An easier visit than the ranks of gravestones in the cemeteries.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Remembrance Day 2013 was special this year because in addition to the ceremony at 11am, we were witness to the very poignant and moving ceremony of the gathering of the soil for the new Guards' Memorial Garden. The Menenpoort in IEPER is impressive at any time but this year with the added visitor numbers and the presence of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh at the special ceremony made our visit particularly memorable. Wreaths placed in the morning from many nations and the petals falling from the top of the monument during the silence are always impressive. The bands that play the traditional music of the Remembrance service underscore the solemnity. The evening last post service which has been performed more than 29000 times is very different but Winter or Summer, is equally impressive in its simplicity.
We see the same faces every year and note those who because of age no longer join the many who like us go every November. If you can make it for the 11th of November the full emotion and significance will be appreciated but the people of Flanders and the city of IEPER are there every day at 8pm for you to join them in their memory of the fallen. Your effort will be worth it.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The last post each evening is well worth seeing. It is worth taking a walk in the museum and around the town.

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