The Last Post

Trip Start Mar 24, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Charlotte'S House Ypres
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Flag of Belgium  , Flanders,
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Menin Gate has the names of 55,000 soldiers who died in this area and have no known grave. Every night, the volunteers from the Last Post Assoc hold a ceremony at the gate at 8pm and play the Last Post.

They play rain, hail or shine. This evening it was rain! They have not missed a night since WWI apart from when the Nazis occupied the town during WWII. When we were here in 2006 there was a little old lady sitting beside the wall. Apparently she was a child during the war and she has also not missed a night in all these years until she died a short while back. I must find out her name.

Tonight I was fortunate enough to catch a full blown ceremony with marching band, flag bearers, the lot!

It is a very moving ceremony and well worth seeing.
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