HRH Duke of Kent leads tributes on occasion of 30,000th sounding of last post at Menin Gate Memorial
09 July 2015
With more than 54,000 names engraved upon it, the Menin Gate is the second largest memorial to the missing in the care of the CWGC.
The sounding of the Last Post has taken place every night at the Menin Gate since 1928 in memory of those who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. Today, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world gather under the Gate each night to listen to the Last Post and to remember.
HRH The Duke of Kent said: "As President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the organisation responsible for the creation and upkeep of the magnificent and deeply moving Menin Gate, it gives me great pleasure to thank the people of Flanders, and especially Ieper and members of the Last Post Association, for continuing to honour the sacrifice of our fallen.
Families whose loved ones were lost in the terrible battles in the fields of Flanders have derived great comfort from the ongoing commitment of the Belgian people to continue commemorating the fallen.
On behalf of us all, I offer warm thanks and hope that this nightly act of remembrance will continue to inspire and resonate with visitors to the battlefields, in perpetuity."