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
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
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."
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Notes for editors:
1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) maintains the graves
of the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died
during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive
and accessible records archive available online at www.cwgc.org
The CWGC operates in over 23,000 locations in 154 countries across
except for Antarctica.
2. The Menin Gate Memorial
The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian
cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of
thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the
battlefields. It commemorates casualties from the forces of
Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died
in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only
those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom
and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on
the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point
reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of
the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917
are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and
Messines Ridge British Cemetery.
The Memorial now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and
men whose graves are not known. It was designed by Sir Reginald
Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick and was unveiled
by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927.
3. A Tribute for the Tribute
To mark the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post, a
series of commemorative events are taking place at fire stations
around the world. More information can be found at 'A
Tribute for the Tribute'
4. Menin Gate App
The Last Post Association will launch the Menin Gate App on 9
July. The app offers the user the ability to find all of the more
than 54,000 soldiers who are commemorated on the memorial. The App
also contains details of a soldier's story for each day of the