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Menin Gate

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing remembers 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the battles for the Ypres Salient and who have no known grave or resting place.  It crosses the road running from the town to the battlefield.  Under the triumphal arch is the mausoleum for the missing whose names are carved into large panels of white marble.  These missing men were those who died between the beginning of the campaign and the 15th of August 1917.  To express their gratitude the citizens of Ypres perform a Last Post ceremony each evening at 8PM – except during World War 2 this ceremony has been running continuously since 1928.  The ceremony isn't intended as a crowd pleaser so it's not the done thing to applaud or make a fuss, it's supposed to be a solemn thanks.  


Written by  Toby Bright.

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