This evening will see the 30,000th rendition of the Last Post Ceremony held at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
This significant milestone will be marked with a very special ceremony at the Menin Gate, which will also be broadcast on a giant screen in Ypres’ Market Square, where the British Band of the Royal Engineers will also perform prior to the Last Post Ceremony. One of our groups, from the Cooper School in Bicester, will attend the ceremony themselves, which we hope will be a truly memorable experience for them all.
The 30,000th Last Post Ceremony will also be celebrated in the town of Sittingbourne in Kent, which is twinned with Ypres. The English town has pre-recorded its own contribution to the ceremony, led by the town’s Royal British Legion branch.
If you would like to follow this very special ceremony, you may be interested to learn that an app has been launched to allow smartphone users to follow the event and learn more about the history of the ceremony.
The Last Post Ceremony has been held at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm since 1928 (except during the period of Nazi occupation), in memory of the fallen. The small Belgian town of Ypres lay on the front line for much of the First World War and the Menin Gate itself straddles the road which troops used to reach the front, and commemorates 55,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave.
For many of our school history and music groups that travel to Ypres, the opportunity to participate in the Last Post Ceremony is as moving as it is unforgettable. If you would like your students to experience this, please contact us for further information.