Remembering the dead
September 26, 2009 2:16 PM Subscribe
Every evening since July 2nd 1928
posted by MuffinMan (16 comments total)
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*, at precisely eight o'clock, the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate
in Ieper (Ypres, "Wipers" as it was known to British tommies), Belgium. The ritual - performed by buglers from the local fire brigade - honours British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the five battles at Ypres
in the First World War. Today is the 27,888th day of the Last Post ceremony
Completed in 1927, the Menin gate is a memorial to the 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died without graves - the missing in action. The town itself has over 100 military cemeteries
Winston Churchill said of the town, "I should like to acquire the whole of the ruins of Ypres... a more sacred place for the British race does not exist in the world."
*In fact, during the Second World War the Germans banned the ceremony, and the bugles were hidden away. On the day the Polish entered the town and retook it in 1945, the ceremony started again.