Last Post Ceremony – Menin Gate
Moving, Memorable and Poignant
The Menin Gate should be on everyone’s bucket list when they visit the Western Front. The simple, but deeply moving ceremony starts at 8pm sharp every evening. It can get very crowded in the high season and during Anzac Day, so it’s important to be there at least 20 minutes beforehand.
The amazing part is that you cannot be unaffected by the poignancy of this nightly salute, and by the men who perform it every night of the year. As you stand listening to the bugles mark the occasion, pick out a name on the opposite wall, and try and imagine the terror and heroism of the soldiers that fought with their life nearly hundred years ago. It really makes you think about the magnitude of the sacrifice made
The Menin Gate is monumental in every sense of the word and is a must for any keen historian, school group or someone attending a battlefield tour in the area.
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