The Last Post

Top choice in Ypres

Every night at 8pm, traffic through the Menin Gate is halted while buglers sound the Last Post in remembrance of the WWI dead, a moving tradition started in 1928. Every evening the scene is different; buglers may be accompanied by pipers, troops of cadets or a military band. There's usually at least 100 or so visitors, most of whom have some connection to someone who was lost in Flanders Fields.

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1. Menin Gate

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2. Gateway to Ypres

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3. Lakenhalle

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4. In Flanders Fields Museum

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5. Museum Godshuis Belle

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6. St-Maarten en St-Niklasskerk

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7. Ramparts

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8. Merghelynck Museum

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