The Last Post
Every evening, at 8 p.m. sharp, the buglers play The Last Post beneath the impressive vaulted ceilings of the Menin Gate. This ceremony has taken place without interruption since 1928, except during the German occupation of Ieper (Ypres) in the Second World War.
The Menin Gate is a memorial built in the style of a Roman triumphal arch. It bears the names of 54,896 British soldiers lost at war. These are the names of soldiers with unknown graves from the start of the war until 15 August 1917. The names of the other 34,957 men who died between 16 August 1917 and the end of the war are carved on the walls of the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale. Until the First World War, a medieval gate stood in the place of the Menin Gate.
It was through the Menin Gate that Allied troops passed on their way to defend the Ypres Salient. Today, it symbolises sacrifice and suffering, as well as solidarity, awareness of duty and the courage of the soldiers who took part in the fighting.
The In Flanders Fields Museum
The In Flanders Fields Museum immerses you in the horrors of the Great War. Visitors, both young and old, are given a vivid picture of how people lived and died at the front line in Ypres, 100 years ago.
The museum has been fully refurbished to give you an interactive view of life at the front through realistic video showings, unique sound recordings and multimedia applications using the latest technology.