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Every night at 8.00pm, at the Menen Gate which arches across the entrance to the city of Ieper in Belgium, a moving ceremony takes place.

For a few minutes the noise of traffic ceases and a stillness descends over the memorial. At exactly 8:00pm up to six members of the regular buglers from the local volunteer Fire Brigade step into the roadway under the memorial arch. They play Last Post, followed by a short silence and the Words of Remembrance are spoken . . .

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them."

Then the buglers play Reveille.

On some occasions the ceremony is extended to provide an opportunity for visiting groups to lay a wreath and say a few words; such was the case when we visited and when this picture was taken.

The Last Post Ceremony has become part of the daily life in Ieper (Ypres) and the local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their town.

View full size if you can. Sheila's Fotothing has more pictures and maybe a video, too: http://www.fotothing.com/sheila . There is more information here: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/events/menin-gate-last-post-ceremony.htm .
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Apr 22 2010 08:08 GMT Sheila PRO
It was a very moving ceremony - this photo is a lovely tribute to it.
Apr 26 2010 20:23 GMT grimp PRO
- and a beautiful monochrome picture with just the red wreath.