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“Menin Gate Memorial Ypres (Ieper) Belgium”

Menin Gate Memorial
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Fromelles and Ypres Day Tour from Arras
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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.
Orillia, Canada
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“Menin Gate Memorial Ypres (Ieper) Belgium”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Be at the gate by 8:00 p.m. to listen to 'The Last Post' which has been bugled every night since 1928 (except for a short period during WW2 when the Germans occupied the area) and be prepared to be chilled with contemplation during the silence of the crowd. Passing through this gate was the way British Commonwealth made their way to "The Front" during WW1 at the Ypres Salient. The memorial stands for those soldiers whose graves are unknown. Walk around the grounds above the memorial in the well kept gardens.

Visited August 2013
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“Respect !”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

About three thousand people from all walks of life attended the Service of Remembrance on the night we were there. It is humbling to realise that this Service is conducted at 8pm on every night of the year without fail. I felt privileged to attend and pay my respect to the memory of those who gave their lives so that we could have ours. May all young people learn of its significance and may all people in power learn that war is not the answer and they must seek peaceful answers to world problems.

Visited June 2014
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“Go while it's quiet and return later for the ceremony”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Just spend a few minutes in the early morning craning your neck to see all the names written on this memorial, still only a fraction of the casualties of WW1. it's a very impressive monument and there are always fresh wreaths and poppies from visitors from around the world. Definitely not to be missed. Come back later for the Last Post ceremony at 8.00 pm, but be early and be prepared for the crowds.

Visited June 2014
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“Very moving”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Menin Gate is a very moving monument. My wife's grandfather's name is on it so it has special meaning. It provides a small indication of the suffering and sacrifice of British Empire soldiers in the WWI battles in the Ypres area

Visited June 2014
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“Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Every evening at 8 pm the citizens of Ieper, Belgium (Ypres) and tourists gather at the Menin Gate where buglers from the Ieper fire department play the last post in honour of all British and Commonwealth soldiers who perished during the Great War of 1914-1918. The citizens of Ieper have performed this ritual every evening since 1928 with the exception of when occupied during the 2nd work war. This is a truly fitting tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice. If in Belgium you must attend but make sure you arrive early to get a good spot to view the ceremony.

Visited June 2014
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