In Ypres in Belgium each night at 8 PM the Last Post is played by buglers from the local voluntary fire department.

Since 1928, the Last Post Association has been organizing this daily salute to the fallen, in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during World War I.


The Last Post is a bugle call played in the British Army (and in the armies of many other countries) to mark the end of the day's labours and the onset of the night's rest. In the context of the Last Post ceremony (and in the broader context of remembrance), it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest.

The Last Post Association
The Last Post Association is an independent, voluntary, non-profit organisation which also administers the Last Post Fund, for providing the financial resources necessary to support the ceremony.
The Last Post Association honours the soldiers of the British Empire who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914-1918. The Last Post ceremony expresses, day after day, the lasting debt of gratitude owed to the men who fought and fell for the restoration of peace and the independence of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Every day, just before 8 o'clock in the evening, the local police stops all traffic passing through the Menin Gate.
For a few brief moments, the modern world is brought to a stop and the Last Post ceremony takes the attendants back in time to the terrible and turbulent years of World War I.

The Menin Gate was chosen as the location for the ceremony because of its special symbolic significance: it was from this spot that countless thousands of soldiers set off for the front, many of them destined never to return.

29252nd Ceremony
The daily Last Post ceremony is free and open to everyone, without the need for prior reservation.
We attended the 29252nd Last Post Ceremony held at the Menin Gate in Ypres on Saturday June 22nd 2013 and took these photos:

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Menin Gate

Buglers playing Last Post

Pipers, poem & poppies

This evening saw an extended version of the ceremony, during which several organizations laid wreaths.
A Scottish piper band performed during the ceremony and a British World War veteran read from the poem “For the Fallen” by L. Binyon.
This was a very moving commemoration with a large audience.
It was humbling to realize that this ceremony is held every day.

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