Ypres and the Last Post Ceremony
The Great War 1914-18
2018 will see the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, for four long years Flanders Fields was the scene which epitomised the horrors of the Great War with four major battles being fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers giving their lives.
The landscape of the region still has many tales to tell allowing you to discover the stories, tragedy and bravery of the soldiers who fought there. Ypres lies at the heart of 'the Salient' and during the war the town was under almost constant bombardment, reducing it to ruins.
On the edge of the town, The Menin Gate marks the route that many soldiers took on their journey to the front line; it is the location of the Ypres Memorial to the Missing. Every evening the Last Post is sounded here in honour of the soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives in the Salient.
The battles around Ypres would claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of men from all sides. As the war drew to an end on 11th November 1918 some of the last shots of the war were fired as the time approached 11am and the Armistice.
The Ypres Salient has the unenviable reputation of having more cemeteries and monuments than any other sector of the Great War, and the memory of those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice lives on through these and the many sites and museums to be found in this area.