Menin Gate


I had the chance to visit this summer Ypres and its most famous memorial: the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. This monument is dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown: its large Hall of Memory contains names on stone panels of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Salient but whose bodies have never been identified or found (34,984 UK missing after the date of August 15, 1917 are inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing instead).

Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and built by the British government, the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on 24 July 1927. This memorial is well-known for its ceremony, held every day: every evening at 20:00, buglers from the local fire brigade close the road which passes under the memorial and sound the “Last Post”. This is very moving ceremony, and I was happy to take part to it with my family.

(written with tthe support of the dedicated wikipedia page)

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